March 21, 2013 Paris
There was more where the sheep came from. Japanese samurai and the Scottish Highlands were two other points of reference. When they came together, as they did on a fitted red blazer with a snap-closure lapel and a full tartan skirt quilted to sleeping-bag thickness, the results became almost costumey. That's another thing Alaverdian has in common with Sergeenko, who bases her collections on fairy tales and American historical dramas like Gone With the Wind. Only the bravest of the street-style set will wear these clothes as they've been photographed in the A.W.A.K.E. lookbook. By no means are we discouraging Alaverdian's adventurous streak. Her taste for bold experiment is what will put her on the map. Still, her first collection had much more real-world promise. Going forward, she'll have to find a happier medium.