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Loden Dager’s Extracurricular Studies

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Who knew the Dewey decimal system could be so stylish? On Saturday night Loden Dager debuted womenswear along with their established men’s collection for F/W ’09 in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, a library for engineers and mechanical draftsmen. Set against a backdrop of wooden card catalogs and bookcases worthy of a Wes Anderson set, models strolled down a makeshift runway composed of antique rugs while a Philip Glass soundtrack played in the background. Laura Dern, Ben Harper, and a roster of editors and cool kids in the know turned up to check it out. “We started with the idea of France in the sixties, when the workers and the students were rioting,” explained Alexander Galan, who’s one third of the design trio, the other two being Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow. “To do women’s we thought, why not, since we’d been making size X-small for our female friends anyway.’” All of the five looks shown could easily make a girl feel like the ingenue in a Godard film and gave a comprehensive idea of what to expect in the future. The pullover wool bomber with knit cuffs and collar had us wishing it were October already (well, not really, but you get the point), and a silk and cotton cap-sleeve dress popped in an emerald green print created by artist Adrian Crabbs. Galan pointed out, “We don’t use black, because black is formal, and we make clothes that are about workers and craft.” Good to know we’ll have new workwear to work it in this fall.

Photo: Courtesy of Loden Dager

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