September 12, 2012 New York
With the ante sufficiently upped, they moved on to, among other things, sleeveless dresses collaged from squares of exotic skins and leather; oversize, slouching-forward coats in perforated leather bonded to jersey that was laser-cut, then crocheted back together; and Gerhard Richter-inspired jacquards cut into a boxy cropped jacket and an A-line skirt. The most energetic pieces came toward the end. Photoprints are a dime a dozen on the runways, but McCollough and Hernandez found a new way to work them. By cutting them on the bias into strips, then stitching them diagonally across the torso, found images like crowd scenes and kids in a pool looked almost abstract. Pushing their experiments even further, some of those dresses were embroidered with flat colored studs on the bodice and silver grommets at the hem.
Backstage McCollough and Hernandez claimed Tumblr as a point of reference, citing its random associations and the delight-producing effects of happenstance. They may be card-carrying members of the digital generation, but they're also incredibly hard workers. Kudos to them for setting the bar ever higher.