February 03, 2006
Cue the Violent Femmes, PiL, and the Misfits. Alice Roi is turning 30that's practically middle-aged in this business of 14-year-old models and Project Runway enfants terribles. And so she revisited the New York City of her youth with black lipstick, broken-down mary janes, and prep-school uniforms twisted to get past the bouncers on St. Marks. Yes, there were pinafore dresses and boiled-wool vests and wrap skirts, but they were offset with knit sweaters and leggings that looked like they'd been through the washing machine a few times. Party frocks, meanwhile, came punked up with patent leather accents. But if they were worn underneath one of her smart houndstooth coats, Mom and Dad would never be the wiser.