Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
September 08, 2011 New York
For Mandy Coon, adding more color to her collections, which are often on the dark side, is admittedly a challenge. "I always want to wear black," the designer explained backstage before her runway show this morning. This season, Coon added "a lot more white, which is a color in and of itself, in my opinion," she said. The result was a refreshingly lighter lineup that still maintained the designer's edgy aesthetic. (Bonus: Coon gives each piece a cool name, as if it were a song on an album.) Coon's close friend Jamie Bochert opened the show in a cobalt Rong Hands top and Smokescreen skirt that combined tough leather with fluttering sheets of accordion pleat chiffon. Other notable leather looks here included the I Feel Voxish culotte shorts, which had panels of striated silk at the sides, and Helter Skelter pants with cutouts and buckles up the shin. Those, along with a few of the all-white looks—like Bochert's finale Spellbound ensemble—should be an editorial hit with some of the in-demand stylists who were sitting in the front row.