With Alturzarra being the next designer to partner with Target, (the collection hit stores on September 14th) I had to scope out their runway show for the 2014 New York Fashion week. With the first set of looks all in Gingham, I first remembered Prada's collection from last year, then quite swiftly, Altuzarra's personality came out to show the sexy play of purity and seduction. Slits are high, necklines low, exposing just the right amount of skin. What I find interesting however, is where he drew his inspiration from. The designer explained that he was looking to Rosemary's Baby and Barry Lyndon for inspiration. "Both movies are so beautiful, but it's an ill-fated, sinister beauty. Which I liked." With that insight, I can see through patterns, textiles and colors moments from both of these films.
This summer I decided to re-watch Rosemary's Baby to pull inspiration for interiors. Aside from being so well known for the story and Mia Farrow's haircut, it is still relevant today in many ways. First, her hair, secondly, her wardrobe (clearly set in the sixties, but some pieces could easily be worn on today's streets), and lastly, the interiors - the remodeling she does in that apartment is just gorgeous and classic. How kindred did I feel to discover that he too was looking to this film for inspiration, even if it was for completely different genre of creative expression.
For Rosemary's Baby, it's undoubtably the gingham looks and perhaps the skirt suits that inspiration is drawn from. Also, there is a tangerine and white patterned dress in the collection that is reminiscent of a white and yellow dress that Rosemary wears in the film.
Rosemary's Baby Inspired Looks
Looking at Barry Lyndon, I see more of the soft silky textiles and tonal prints that look to have been inspired by the fashions in the film.
Barry Lyndon Inspired Looks
Aside from the obvious pieces that drew inspiration from these films, my favorite pieces were from the black and white striped set of outfits. How fresh is it to have vertical stripes and how cool is it to mix and match the large with small scale.
Once again I am impressed by the way creative geniuses are able to pull inspiration from almost anywhere. The best are those that can do so abstractly, making sure not to copy. Looking back on NYFW, did you come across any favorite or spectacular collections? I'd love to hear your feedback.