SAIC Alums Present Candy-Coated Chic at New York Fashion Week
The fall 2013 collection by Creatures of the Wind—the celebrated label of faculty member Shane Gabier (Fashion, SAIC 1995–98) and fellow alumnus Christopher Peters (BFA 2010)—welcomed a storm of enthusiastic praise from three of the fashion world’s foremost forums—Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), and Style.com. In “Fashion Show Countdown” published on February 7, Vogue shadowed the pair in the final 24 hours prior to their debut at New York Fashion Week. Writer Katherine Bernard describes their collection “Candy,” inspired by “the appeal of plasticity and the pleasantness of the artificial.” In a review published on February 7, WWD states the designer’s concept “translated to things meant to be worn, not eaten, through fairly simple silhouettes applied with interesting colors, such as orange and heathered pink, and shiny treatments, whether Swarovski embroideries or slick surfaces, like vinyl and polyester, that were often shown in fabric blocking.” A look from the collection was featured on the cover of WWD the following day on February 8. In article published on February 7, Style.com writer Nicole Phelps argued the collection is indicative of the label’s position at a major developmental crossroads. “For a young brand like theirs to grow, they need to address the commercial marketplace, to sell clothes,” she says. “On the other hand, they don't want to lose the outsider, punk sensibility that garnered them all this attention in the first place.” The tension between these opposing impulses resulted in a group of silhouettes that “were quite straightforward: masculine and sporty in the case of button-front smocks with stripes at the shoulders accompanied by tapered pants, or almost sculptural in the case of boyish, away-from-the-body jackets, but never complicated.” Style.com also posted a behind-the scenes video detailing the designers creative process.