Creatures of the Wind Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2012 New York
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This season, the Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters presented an eclectic collection Inspired by the Scottish clergyman Robert Kirk’s daring 1691 exposé, “The Secret Commonwealth: Of Elves, Fauns and Faires,”  in which he collected his parishioners' tales of the supernatural. In the refectory of the Desmond Tutu Center in Chelsea, a long, black dress of filmy pleats quickly turned into a world of colors with a retro tinge that echoed in the cut of the clothes, like stripy mohair sweaters, silk slip-dresses made in collaboration with Araks Yeramyan. An A-line popover top in clashing prints was paired with a skirt made of French brocade or with a lace skirt dipped in silver. It was clear that they aren't compromising an inch when it comes to their unique, off-beat vision. The overall feeling was folksy, but with a couture touch. A fluffy mohair sweater in big pink-and-black stripes was worn over lace pants in iridescent purple against mustard brown. Thick leathers came in kitschy vintage-car-interior tones, such as a full skirt in eel green, and a structured, bubblegum-pink cape. More classic, but still quirky, was the tailoring: a gray peacoat with a rainbow tweed hem worn over a silk slip skirt, and blouses done with patchwork flowers, bedazzled decals at the shoulders and words embroidered down the front.

A mix of four famous shoe styles — loafer, ballet slipper, gladiator and Mary Jane — was seen in  Tabitha Simmons' collection for Creatures of the Wind. The punky metallic tassel-front flat is as imaginative and other-wordly as the fairyland-inspired clothes they came with.

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-Mario Casarella

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