After a long day of lounging around and procrastinating my homework, I headed down to the Baryshnikov Arts Center on 37th and 10th for the Long Tran Spring/Summer 2013 show. I was especially excited for this show because Long Tran is a Vietnamese fashion designer who’s trying to make it big in the Big Apple (who isn’t?).
There was a pianist playing classical music while people slowly filed in the room to their seats so I wasn’t expecting such avant garde designs. The show opened up with his men’s line of bright yellow pieces to more neutral ones. Though they were neutral, they were far from boring with the incredible construction of the fabrics to build the 3-D patterns on his menswear. Following the men’s collection were his women’s collection to continue the bold shapes. We’ve seen a lot of lace for the spring/summer season but it’s different to see it over bare skin or in the bright yellow color. The final look for the women and men collections were super heavy on structure which leaves me wondering how much time it takes to build the looks and to carefully keep in tact.
In both collections, Long’s clothes showed lots of skin (more so in the women’s clothing) which revealed many models’ tattoos. Usually in this industry, tattooed models have a harder time booking shows but Long embraced the tattoos if anything.
After his models made their final walk through, Long ran out to wave to the crowd and ran back into hiding. Why are designers so darn humble? (rhetorical question)
Watching his family get excited over his show was incredibly inspirational because of how supportive they are of his career since my family isn’t as enthusiastic about me going into fashion. Enough about me though. It was a sweet sentiment and it’s good to see real people in the front row rather than the usual uptight intimidating fashion editors.