True Blood, With Katie Gallagher
Katie Gallagher is a DIY kind of girl. At her Spring presentation last night at Milk Studios, everything—from the clothes to the invitations to the set design—was conceived and made in Gallagher’s third-floor walk-up in Chinatown, which she shares with partner in crime Nikolay Saveliev. Gallagher has been gaining momentum over the past few seasons, and now her unconventional designs are selling out on Shopbop. Lucy Liu and Jared Leto, who both stopped by last night, are a few of her boldfaced supporters.
This season was all about the color story: blood red. At her show, Gallagher pointed out that there’s nothing gruesome about the bright red blood she had in mind. “This blood is alive, flowing.” She added, “Think lessons with Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus.” The blood theme was carried out in the clothing (every look was red, black, or a combination of the two), the set (tall vials of dyed corn syrup), the makeup (models wore cherry red lips and eyeliner), and even the nails (there were threads attached to their press-on nails). Looking at Katie, the best model for her own clothing with her edgy personal style, you can’t help but want to copy her look, and that’s what she’s banking on.