THE RE\VIEW: AN ITEM CATALOG OF EXCLUSIVE RUNWAY REVIEWS, CRITIQUES & CULTURAL EVENTS, PAYING RESPECT TO THE WORLDS OF FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & ART.
Give me Libertine, or give me death!
In comparison, to the majority of a week primarily focused upon commercial-bleh – sucking me into an unappealing pit of discomfort – I finally came across a show that had me going bananas from my seat. Yes, indeed, I was able to leave the season with a sense of fulfillment; one that I needed to capture from the slow decay of what we call, NYFW.
Some, on the commercial front, might even call his work rotten bananas. This might explain that exact use of the banana print selections Hartig incorporated; the perfect middle finger to critics. Truly anything (and I mean anything) can become a print these days, but this worked. It worked more than I was even willing to admit at first.
In the same sense of the Hartig tradition, he did not move too far off from his in-your-face esthetic, with a rainbow selection of this summers statement pieces. Yet, with this season compared to the last, Hartig took extra care of his ladies, by the very dresses revealed within. Some, had a very full sequenced multi-colored fabric, which looks like the reflective color you see on the ground from an oil spill. There were a few other wearable selections for both men and women, woven from the same consistency; ones I'll be getting my hands on, as soon as I can.
The headline winning, 'give me Libertine, or give me death!', was from the impression I felt from the sequenced eye focal point seen on mock-neck dresses. They were eye catching, to say the least. The same design was saw sprinkled over a couple other looks, including one jacket that I will personally take the liberty in buying. when it drops.
Libertine's long time collaborator – the now seven seasons strong, nail pro’s at CND – matched that bedazzled look with over 25 designs of beautifully over-the-top nail designs; all of which took 500-600 hours of producing to complete (according to CND's cofounder, Jan Arnold).
What I spotted was more than glitz for the gram. The grungy nails captured Libertine's punk vibe with safety pins and of course, what would they be without some skull embellishments to match one of the collections prints. Some of them were dipped in animal-like Swarovski crystal formations and others, they looked as real as long colorful bird talons. These nails flew down the runway, working alongside all of the color saturations; leaving us with a somewhat lifelike representation of flying “all over the map”, as Hartig explained.
While I’m positive about the loud design direction that Libertine offers, is one of a specialty, it is also a brand I can now personally resonate with. I have become a new fan, of sorts! But I also find it rather important – as someone who spends their career pouring over almost 99% of fashion shows every season – to note that what stands out among an overcrowded field of people selling commercial looks, are brands such as Libertine. This is a brand that comes far and few in-between, that you can enjoy every detail of. They truly produce street-art silhouettes for the body, that scream, “WEAR THE FUCK OUT OF ME, PLEASE!”
To me, Hartig did just that.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.