February 11, 2012 New York
Laing managed to work in his signature architectural flare, but this time took a more malleable approach. Long kelp cotton and antique leather overcoats and shift dresses were done with full back zippers, transforming into capes and tunics when layered over leather leggings or pants in denim velvet (a new fabric for Fall). Laing creatively incorporated chain detailing to mimic Edwardian dandies, whom he imagined never left home without their pocket watches. And although last season's digital prints were nowhere to be found, subtractive bleach-stained designs, such as the "black lilies" pattern on an easy-to-wear wool and linen dress with leather sleeves, were dispersed throughout the collection.
Models walked the runway to music by seventies punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, which accented the post-goth mood of the show and was perhaps Laing's way of tying in his desire to make his collection more accessible to "mothers and daughters." "I just want them both to think it's cool," he said. We suspect they will.