February 17, 2010 New York
Yesterday she was creatively consulting on William Rast with her husband, Johan; today she was launching her own long-time-coming collection (Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel turned up in a show of support). And tomorrow? Are Depeche Mode in town? She'll be there. Her clothes were a reflection of Gahan/Gore's very particular rock-tastic spirit—dark, gothic, strict, but Lurex-sparkly. If the huge shoulders were a little too Balmain-esque, the tensely tailored jackets with their flaring peplums were the kind of items that scream for a rock-chick strut. The adult-diaper construction that dictated the silhouette of the pants was unfortunate. That same rock chick would probably prefer the pelmet minis with matching tights, maybe even when paired with a swirling cape. Paging Batgirl! But even the most eccentric aspects of the collection could be justified by the fact that Marcella Lindeberg is the woman these clothes were designed for. And that is true fashion integrity.