3 posts tagged "Lindsay Degen"
Label: Suzanne Rae, designed by Suzanne Rae Pelaez
Need to Know: Now in her sixth season, Suzanne Rae Pelaez pulled inspiration from the quiet simplicity of religious clothing for her Fall ’13. The result was a calm, easy collection filled with drop-waist dresses, fluid pants, oversize vests, and paneled column gowns in black, white, dusty rose, bark and rust. A matching gray-green wool top-and-shorts combo was especially sweet, and knits by Lindsay Degen, which included everything from soft, slim sweaters and skirts to turbans and snoods (Pelaez’s updated take on nuns’ habits), brought texture and warmth to the wearable range.
She Says: “I turned to the robes of missionary monks, priests, and nuns. Their clothing was so beautiful. The linear geometry, the lines, the silhouettes, the layers, the modesty that they carry—I wanted to capture that and turn it into something you could wear every day.”
Where to Find It: Steven Alan, Henrik Vibskov, and Joinery in New York; Tomorrowland in Japan
Label: Degen, designed by Lindsay Degen
Need to Know: For the past several seasons, Lindsay Degen has built up a reputation for quirky knits that reassert the fun in fashion. The up-and-comer dubbed her Fall lineup “The Doctors Degen” in honor of her parents, who are both geneticists, and drew inspiration from their old biology slideshow presentations (which she projected on the wall at Industria yesterday). She whipped up (or, rather, knit up) webbed leggings that mimicked the molecular structure of mold, as well as a soft pullover that spelled out “Yuck.” Degen told Style.com that it was this piece that set the collection in motion.
She Says: “Fashion shouldn’t be so serious.”
Where to Find It: International Playground, Vfiles, and www.degen-nyc.com
Lindsay Degen is not your average fashion girl. The knitwear designer, who presented her first full collection yesterday (she showed a small lingerie capsule last NYFW), started out making large-scale knit art installations while studying at Rhode Island School of Design, then moved on to do more wearable pieces after various collaborations and encouragement from industry veterans like VPL‘s Victoria Bartlett. But a quick glance at Degen’s latest offerings reassures that she has in no way compromised her avant-garde point of view. Degen dubbed this season Ask Tell to honor the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—she is professedly “all about celebrating individuality and being open.”
In keeping with the military theme, Degen did her own take on WWI battleship “dazzle” camouflage, taking her color palette from Communist propaganda posters. The result was a lineup that carried over cheeky items from Spring, like leggings with two well-placed cutouts on the bum and knit glove necklaces. But there were also more realistic items this time around, like cargo-inspired pants slashed at the knees (the designer was sporting them) and an abundance of sweater crop tops. Never one to take herself too seriously, Degen kept things playful with hyper-pigmented pastel “war paint” makeup and super-chunky platform sneakers that she embellished with yarn.