Imitation of Christ
September 14, 2010 New York
Those clothes were shown on a grass runway with nighttime footage from the L.A. County State Fair projected onto a pair of scrims set along the path. Most could best be described as a modern vision of what a mildly eccentric fifties Hollywood starlet might wear lounging about the house: lace and chiffon tap shorts and rompers, sheer T-shirt dresses trimmed with lace ruffles, and also sheer robelike jersey and chiffon trenches. The problem was, there were few real clothes in which to actually leave the house, unless you're getting married. Subkoff explained that Imitation is now a contemporary line—thus all the cotton jersey—that she'd like to take to the masses. It's great to see her back in the fray—especially as she's reteaming with her original collaborator, Matt Damhave, who will be designing Imitation's menswear. (There was only an all-T-shirt teaser of Damhave's work tonight at the end of the show.) Still, Subkoff may have to offer a bit more substance in order to play in that highly competitive mass arena.