We went to see the Imitation presentation at Milk Studios which normally is a good venue, but for this it was far too crowded and difficult to maneuver – especially with cameras in tow. That being said, the studio in other ways was perfect because of the enormous sunroof flooding the studio with beautiful natural light.
The Imitation show, shortened from “Imitation of Christ” to indicate it’s lower price point, was very feminine and very classic. Now in it’s second season, the new label focuses on wardrobe staples but in a more chic and effortless way. It was composed of 58 looks on a small army of tall lanky blonds which really give it visual impact. There were sequins as well as lots of materials with a good drape and flow adding to the delicate femininity running throughout the collection.
Though there were no models on horses or in swimming pools (I do miss some of the old Imitation of Christ antics), Tara Subkoff still managed to design a collection that is worthy in its own rite, full of glamor and a 1940’s Hollywood mystique. For this show Subkoff summons to mind the Helmut Newton woman – blond, high heels, and bare legs that go on forever. One of my favorites was the almost burka-esque head wrap at the end and the gilded word belts are very covetsome indeed! Plus any show that opens with a half naked model must be off to a good start.
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”
– Oscar Wilde