You know that a designer is nearing their tipping point when their show attracts a mix of buzzy cool kids that haven't yet been banned because of spacial concerns, as well as the cohort of the fashion establishment whose job it is to tap the new, now and next. That was pretty much the scene at today's Adam Selman presentation -- a name that gained a bit of clout after the coup de grace that was Rihanna's Swarovski crystal made gown, that she wore to accept her Fashion Icon Award at the CFDAs -- with Ladyfag, Derek Blasberg, DJ Mazurbate, Vogue's Mark Holgate, InStyle's Eric Wilson, SusieBubble's Susie Lau and Washington Post's Robin Givhan all on hand. It was an impressive gathering for the limited space and Selman clearly aimed to impress.
For those who wanted to see the sheer gown, there was one offering: exit 11 was a shorter, slightly more commercial take, rendered in a more opaque "pearl illusion". But from there it seemed Selman let a young freckled-face girl run rampant in her mother's boudoir, spilling nail polish on tees, swiping make-up on long dresses, and revamping the old Chanel tweed she found. The result was slick -- literally so in the case of the tweed and a shimmering mini overall dress with a racer back and zip detail -- young and sporty.
The presentation was a far cry from last season and in a good way. Models came out in groups, atelier style with number cards, before taking their one-by-one walk and twirls down the runway. The groupings showed the mini-ranges within the lineup swinging from one of mostly black, offering up a bit of youthful sophistication bedecked with floating pearls, to the aforementioned multicolored makeup print for quite a bit of fun.