Funny how the first New York fashion week show I write about has probably gotten the least coverage press wise. But in the sea of ‘lovely’ collections (I mean that word with the pleasant blandness it evokes – everything I have seen thus far has been ‘lovely’ if a little unexciting), its nice to see something pop out at me. Benjamin Cho is a name I have had my eye on for a while now and I think is one of the more interesting designers to emerge from the US fashion scene. For his autumn winter collection, I wonder if he was looking ahead to the Surrealism and Design exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum (Lee Miller exhibition in the fall and guess what is popping up all over the catwalks – 30’s streamlined looks…. you’d be surprised how these things remotely connect), because his play on oversized things and the slightly bizarre definitely veered towards the surreal. I am now going to try and turn my mini-frisbees into giant buttons because I am enamoured with just how big they are….. !
The big jewel/gem that was already pretty large in size in spring/summer shows like Marc Jacobs, has here been given the comedy treatment by taking it a few sizes up.
My favourite pieces of all were these huge cut out butterflies/flowers – -look how they are just sort of grazing the dress almost as if they landed there by accident.
Cho, not content with just oversizing everything to surreal proportions, then incorporated this bizarre element of hands draped over the shoulders. In this particular dress, they’re not just hands…..they’re knitting hands! If they ever stock this piece in any store (unlikely as I can’t imagine what savvy buyer would even say when faced with something like this), I will hunt it down just to try it on and see what having a pair of mannequin hants knitting my top feels like.
Don’t hate me for not commenting on all the ‘loveliness’ going on in NYC….Philip Lim, Vena Cava, Ruffian, Erin Featherston to name a few….. it is all lovely…. but I really couldn’t blog-dialogue any of them until now…. ‘its Cho-time!’