September 20, 1999
Imagine an off-blue, tailored leather pantsuit. Then imagine its collars held together with a knifelike slice of mirrored glass, and you can see why Robert Cary-Williams' third runway show held everyone's attention. A young designer who has previously shown on runways banging with explosions, Cary-Williams stayed true to his inspirationsmolded leather that he bakes in an oven and deconstructed tailoring. Jackets were crafted in butter-colored or cloud gray leather with detailed topstitching and seaming, while dresses were trimmed with leather or zips. Trousers were beautifully deconstructed to fall away into skirts and many jackets were completely backless. If Cary-Williams couldn't resist a few art school moments, like a dress made entirely of mirrors, the star piecean organza dress decorated with zips that unraveled down Kate Moss' bared backproved this designer has a unique vision that should be watched.