Greg Lauren catwalk show report S/S 2016 for NYFW
Los Angeles-based designer Greg Lauren, not to be confused with his uncle, Ralph Lauren, deconstructed American idolism in his Spring 2016 women’s collection. Unlike Ralph’s pristine silhouettes, Greg’s looks embodied distressed versions of traditional garments. The Dock at Skylight at Moynihan Station was transformed into a dark, cozy lair for the runway show the evening of September 16th at 7pm. Pieces of frayed denim fabric in various washes were draped haphazardly over the benches lining the catwalk and dim lights gently illuminated the cowhide runway, creating a rustic vibe.
Nicole Scherzinger and Elizabeth Berkley (Greg’s wife) posed for what’s seemed like hundreds of photos with their perfectly practiced pouts, dawning their ultimate “I woke up like this” looks. Then, dozens of eager photographers crowded around Chris Bosh who was towering over the crowd. Malin Akerman was the last of the celebs to arrive, and finally, the house lights went down, and the show began.
Sneakers quiet on the runway, ten-year-old hip-hop dance prodigy Phoenix Lil’Mini walked to her opening position center stage. A single spot light revealed her messy blonde hair, army green pants, and face smudged with dirt. She popped and locked to a poignant beat and had a story behind her eyes. Her aura suggested she had just been through a battle, but she was resilient. Perhaps this was Greg’s tribute to his daughter, Sky.
The runway models exuded a similar, empowering vibe. The opening look was a distressed charcoal tent sleeveless moto jacket and cropped slim fit pant with cargo pockets, paired with a fierce, dragon-esque parka, and mixed EL bangles. The bangles gave a feminine touch to the otherwise rough, edgy ensemble.
Warrior goddesses strutted down the runway in short-shorts and thigh–high heeled boots, white ribbed tanks, and gold ear pieces. Patches reoccurred throughout the show, on everything from denim and satin pants to straw hats and clutches. Distressed military jackets paired with head scarves in army green and dark wash denim were prevalent as well.
Sleeveless denim jackets with hoods were paired with fluid skirts to give off a calm, cool and collected vibe. Pants with side cutouts, overalls, and blazers with neck scarfs scattered the catwalk.
Thick brows and dark, black eye liner brought out models’ piercing blue eyes. Hair was worn down and teased to add volume and edge and pulled into a low messy bun when paired with hats. One hat in particular stood out as the only red statement piece in the lineup, like a battle wound that she wore with pride.