I have to admit that I was SO EXCITED to get this invitation this year. As a great fan of Johnson Hartig’s work, I was excited to see the evolution of this line (relaunched last year) that has such great emotion and artistic influence in its roots. From partnership with Goyard to the line’s collection for Target as part of the GO International initiative, this is a line that is constantly evolving and it has such ENERGY. It was the perfect way to close out Day One of Fashion Week. I took my seat after covering backstage (more on that later – the makeup and hair were spectacular) and waited to watch the show.
Libertine has very youthful, vibrant roots and this season it had the feel of a very free-spirited young woman who winds up on a very magical journey. I kept imagining a young girl from the 70’s Paris who secretly sneaks out at night to have wild adventures with a spirited band of youths and gypsies – lots of woolen plaids and gypsy-esque dresses and separated sprinkled with magical details like glitter and shimmering paillettes.
The show opening cape had a starry night feel to it and there were a few outstanding items (the plaid coats embellished with messages, a black wool cape emblazoned with a skull and crossbones in glittering paillettes, a velvet suit covered in glitter drawings). I can’t say that it was completely cohesive (there were parts where the pieces seemed a little forced) but all in all it’s youthful, spirited and filled with great items I’ll be adding to my own wardrobe (that sequined skull cape and the sweater under it had me at “Hello.”)
I think Libertine is one of those collections that speaks to youthful exuberance and expression at its very end. Filled with pieces that will suit the rocker chic gal or the vintage-loving hipster, Libertine for Fall 2012 will be a very liberating experience for your wardrobe. Looking to add just a few pieces that will take your out of your comfort zone and add impact? That’s Libertine.
Enjoy the finale walk to see what I mean.