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July 30 2014

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Sweet Nothings At Lorick

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Not to get all intellectual on you the second day of fashion week, but to quote Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the message when it comes to Abigail Lorick’s Spring collection. Well, artist’s medium, that is. Inspired by Francesco Clemente’s watercolors, Edgar Degas’ pastels, and Jonathan Greene’s acrylics, the Gossip Girl ghost-designer created a collection based on portrait sittings. When the models weren’t lounging on the raised-stage tableau (while art student Christine Hostetler stood in the corner at an easel, furiously sketching them), they changed looks on the side, for everyone to see. Lorick was right there—the artist at work—dressing them. Kind of like that scene in Unzipped, sans scrim and Carla Bruni. As we know by now, Lorick is pretty creative, so to solve the near-nude-girl-in-the-room dilemma she whipped up some retro-style bras and tap shorts as underpinnings. The good news is that for Spring she’ll be adding lingerie to her already charming mix of girly frocks. While the cynic would say it’s tough times when models don’t have standard-issue backstage dressers, Lorick begs to differ. “That’s what my clothes are all about—a woman getting dressed and enjoying the process.”

Photo: Laurie Trott

Gossip Girl Trades Upper East Side for Hell’s Kitchen

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It’s not exactly breaking news that Abigail Lorick is the ghost designer for Eleanor Waldorf on the Best Show Ever, a.k.a. Gossip Girl. (Sorry, Little Jenny, we didn’t mean to blow your cover, but we’re here to separate fact from fiction.) Lorick’s debut show, way west in Hell’s Kitchen, was a civilized affair complete with well-behaved models and onetime punk rocker Dave Thomas on the accordion. She progressed from a muted palette of grays, blues, and blacks to ochers and reds, with plenty of party frocks in taffeta and organza. Boat-neck collars, nipped waists, and pouf skirts were the girly touches on simple, wearable silhouettes. “It was about a girl who’s dealing with all the pressures of today,” Lorick explained. “I started out dark and then lightened up.” Vintage-inspired brass earrings and necklaces by Draugsvold were the final touch. And while Jenny Humphrey dropped out of high school and Lorick never finished FIT, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. By the look of the post-show crowd backstage, exchanging hugs and congratulations, Lorick has a serious posse of staunch supporters. Someone give Little Jenny a rearview mirror, because she’s going to have to watch her back.

the internet with texture

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When Matthew Siskin started designing Web sites for designer friends under the name designedmemory, it was a way to pay the rent so he could focus on his music career. That was back in 2002. Fast-forward six years and he’s responsible for some of the fashion industry’s most inspired online presences, including the Web sites of his pal Chris Benz, Bensoni, Wren, and CFDA finalists Swaim and Christina Hutson of Obedient Sons & Daughters (up next: Lorick). As the name suggests, designedmemory aims to create emotional connections via the Internet, an approach to site building that involves filling the screen with images of the flotsam and jetsam that Siskin finds in designers’ studios—for example, in the case of the Hutsons, he zeroed in on the jars of candy, assorted vintage harmonicas, and old family photos from the fifties that were hanging around. “My goal is to have the audience forget they’re on the Internet by using more video, more of the screen, more textures, less clicking, and continuous fluid movement. Instead of using photos to show texture, [I say] scan the jacket, lend me the shirt, and I’ll get the real buttons—I want the user to get a visceral sense of everything,” he says.

on the having and eating of cake

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Proof that models do eat was to be found at Abigail Lorick’s charming presentation, where luscious-looking cakes were artfully arranged with a slice or two cut out for poetic effect. The models saw them more prosaically, and it turns out that their big eyes were not bigger than their stomachs: They ate them all, somewhat changing the evening’s agenda. “Our midnight feast has been canceled,” Lorick—who had been planning to serve the cake at her after-party—good-naturedly informed me.

Photo: Courtesy of Lorick

a book of one’s own

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The coolest invite to come across our desk so far this season? Hands down, it’s a battered copy of Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece “A Room of One’s Own,” all wrapped up in a silk scarf bow courtesy of New York fashion week newcomer Abigail Lorick. We look forward to cracking it open in, oh, about five and a half weeks, when the collections come to an end. For more information on the designer and her September 4 presentation, check out our Spring Preview going live this Thursday.

Photo: Nicola Kast