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April 18 2014

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frank tell goes goth

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What do you get when you put together Veruschka, Louise Bourgeois’ “Cells,” and Siouxsie and the Banshees? Paillettes, according to Frank Tell. The designer has traded in the silver ball appliqués of his Polly Magoo-inspired Fall collection for embellishment with a bit more swing this season, the better to make his runway debut. “I felt like a catwalk show was really called for this time around,” Tell says. “The last two seasons were so structured, but Spring for me is all about movement. I’ve been doing pleats and paillettes and some crystal detailing that catches the light…” This is not to say that Tell has gone all loosey-goosey on fans of his graphic aesthetic: His show, styled once again by Keegan Singh, boasts a tight edit of 19 looks in a disciplined palette of royal blue, black, white, and purple. And his front-row fans, including Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Olivier Zahm, and Olivia Palermo, seemed pretty pleased with it. “Frankly, I’d do all black if I could, but that seems a touch OCD, and it’s also a more interesting challenge to put across a gothic mood using color.” The gothic influence comes courtesy of Ms. Sioux, natch—Tell says he drove his coworkers to distraction listening to “Cities of Dust” ad nauseum in the run up to the show.

Photo: Courtesy of Frank Tell

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