Summary: Last season, Tara Subkoff staged her Imitation of Christ presentation as a part of a wedding — a real wedding — for Lydia Hurst. This season, she went a bit more demure, with an elegant presentation at the Budakkan in Chelsea, replete with berry-infused champagne and a room filled with a mix of slicked back hair and the teased frizz homage to the 1920’s flapper that has become a popular trend so far this week.
Although the setting may have been more refined, this didn’t mean that Subkoff was going to let her models off easy. Throughout the presentation, a magician appeared on stage for a live magic show, involving the models in his hijinks while he made live doves appear, or put a woman into a box that he penetrated with shards of glass.
This was all very delightful, and I actually quite enjoyed watching the magic show, but it did not thematically work with Subkoff’s clothing, nor did it detract from a collection that was not particularly elegant (there was a recurring use of pinstripes in outfits that aimed to employ a more seductive approach to women’s suits and businesswear), nor luxe in fabric choices. Bralet halters and itsy-bitsy shirts tied into a sweetheart neckline had a fun appeal, and a black dress with cap sleeves and a gold dot pattern was a standout look for its glamour and ’20s inspiration. Other than that, the collection could have been more cohesive, with a stronger point of view. Regardless, the presentation was great fun and you can never go wrong with a live magic show. She gets big points for creativity in that respect.
Colors: Navy blue, black, white, indigo, pale blue, butter yellow, red, gold
Fabrics and Textures: Satin, pinstripes, cotton, wool, jersey, prints, silk jersey, stretch satin, georgette
Key Looks: One shouldered white button-up shirt with high-waisted black satin A-line skirt with a large side slit; Black satin cape over a white ruffled skirt; Nude bralet with black corsetted boning and black ruffled skirt.
— Amanda Aldinger
Tags: Imitation of Christ Fall '12 Fashion Show review, Imitation of Christ Fall 2012 Fashion Show, Imitation of Christ Fall 2012 RTW, Imitation of Christ Fashion Week Fall '12, Imitation of Christ FW '12 Collection, New York Fashion Week Fall '12, Tara Subkoff