February 07, 2013 New York
Instead, Wauchob—and menswear designer Ricky Hendry—drew from several subcultures: mod, biker, and grunge, to name a few. "It's a cocktail—I didn't feel the need to rigidly focus on one," said Wauchob.
The result was that Wauchob served up a concoction of styles that you couldn't quite place. Were those plaid leggings plucked from the early nineties? And weren't those pointy boots totally eighties? But wait—wasn't that motorcycle overcoat a wardrobe extra from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back? But who really cares about references in this circumstance? All we know is that, altogether, it looked good. (Hat tip to the show's stylist, Melanie Ward, for giving the show a cohesive feeling.)
From that Silent Bob-esque motorcycle overcoat (which was great, by the way) to the string of yellow tweed pieces—a blazer, a vest, cigarette pants—it was easy to imagine many of these outfits on members of the audience. (A real scene, thanks to the presence of founders Bono and wife Ali Hewson.) The special touch, though, was the dainty chain detailing—many women's tops and jackets had several chains peppered all over, as did the men's scarves. The chains offered a clear connection between the men's and women's lines. "It's a toughness and a softness," said Hendry, whose hand-dyed velvet blazer would befit any true rock star. But really, what wouldn't in this collection?