But the origami-inspired collection in black organdy fell short, and the pieces seemed safe and predictable. Full of Bateau neckline dresses, sharply tailored shorts, flowing tops and wrap shirts, Noir could have been any past Meiling set, dipped in black. Which is disappointing beyond words for a designer of Meiling’s caliber.
Meiling, Anthony + Anya = Our Silence on ‘Be.’
You know what mystifies me? That we take for granted Meiling’s own Noir day-to-night uniform, but we don’t recognize that she hasn’t exactly ever done a full collection following that self-referential single motif. Uncle Karl’s done it, so why not her?
Look closer. See the Junya Watanabe, & you know, maybe even a wabi sabi approach in the asymetry (you say bateau, I say geometric volumes) & simplicity (just organdy? Look at it closely & see pleats & folds & satin & silk).
Oh! & I’m also a sucker for the seasonless possibilities of layering. Imagine wearing that hooded # w/a slouchy mohair long-sleeve underneath?
'Au Courant' — A Caribbean Perspective:
These days, the fashion world’s having a bit of an 80’s moment, with all the slouchy jerseys, (a la Alexander Wang, et al) neon prints, (Herve Leger), and acid wash denims (Balmain/Decarnin).
But as child of the 80’s myself, this classic Meiling shot by Sonya Sanchez Ariza harnesses the essence of the era perfectly… Maybe that’s because it IS an actual 80’s Meiling look! Nuff props for making stirrup tights look cool.