Erin Wasson x RVCA dabbles in desert duality for Spring/Summer 2010
For the third season of her collaboration with RVCA, model-turned-designer Erin Wasson took her collection to the Bryant Park tents, and her ragamuffin So Cal surfer chick a bit farther inland -- stopping in the dusty deserts just this side of Burning Man.
It was a more restrained -- and acres more tasteful -- departure from last season's "Coyote Ugly" homage of cowboy/skank wear leather and fishnets tableaux.
With scenes of California desert scrub projected against the backdrop, the show was accompanied by a live performance of a band called Gang Gang Dance (which included one fellow who faced away from the crowd and did nothing but wave a black flag of what looked like Hefty bag plastic back and forth for the duration).
Models took to the catwalk in looks that ranged from denim cutoffs paired with flowing robe-like tops that buttoned at the breastbone and flowed cape-like to the floor, to what appeared to be khaki-colored textured leather dresses and faded, grommet-embellished jeans paired wth paillette-festooned, midriff-baring tops.
Many of the outfits were also accessorized with low-hanging, silverware-sized crosses (from Wasson's jewelry collaboration with the LowLuv).
Although the collection felt a lot more like Wasson's sensibility than RVCA's, the label's embrace of the yin-yang/union of opposites showed through in several places -- most notably the presence of whimsical exploded white polka dots on sheer blue tops worn over lacy black underthings, shorts with coin-sized polka-dot paillettes, and the lone slogan T-shirt in the collection.
Did the admonishment "Keep It Neil" across the model's chest refer to the great rock troubadour Neil Young or Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil? Or both? They're poles apart but there seemed to be a little of each in the catwalk collection last night, and that's not an easy feat to pull off.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: A look from the Erin Wasson x RVCA Spring/Summer 2010 runway collection at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 11, 2009. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson.