Skingraft Spring 2010 Collection – Leather Edge and Sexiness in Strength Inspired by Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc
With the hype of the film Amelia , I thought just maybe that was where the designers of Skingraft garnered their inspiration. Well, I was half right. Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc were the inspirations for Skingraft ‘s Spring 2010 collection. It was a bizarre combination of leather, spikes, fitted bomber jackets, all topped off with what appeared to be aviator caps from the late 20s. Oddly, it all worked. And as each model walked the runway, I found myself anticipating the next piece. There was a parade of edgy spiked leather jackets, flamenco skirts, and leather pants. I didn’t think I liked it at first. It was so different, so unexpected, so dark . . . yet so utterly hip! The colors were mostly dark and very “unspringlike,” consisting of blacks and rich browns, with the occasional grey and muted earth tones. The coolest look that caught my eye was the white princess lace skirt with black outer tracing. Don’t ask me how, but everything worked.
Skingraft consists of three designers: Jonny Cota, Cassidy Haley, and Katie Kay; and this was only their second fashion week. Both showings proved to be hugely successful for the relatively new line. Since the label’s launch, many celebrities have been spotted and photographed in it, including Black Eyed Peas and Fergie, Adam Lambert, and Kat Von D.
What was particularly thematic about this last fashion week? Los Angeles’s emerging designers. And with true underground style, Skingraft epitomized just that. Skingraft uses distressed leathers and furs, painting and antique canvases, and masochistic metal detailing and corsetry. Other distinguishing features include elongated Victorian necks and punk-inspired metal work. The design trio used to travel the world as circus performers and costumers, which could explain a lot. Their collection accommodates both sexes, and they truly have acquired a burgeoning cult following.
Leather vests, fitted bomber jackets lined with fur, khaki short shorts were all featured on the runway. I liked Skingraft’s use of color. In keeping with spring, Jonny, Cassidy, and Katie were not afraid to use white. The white leather skinny pant was paired nicely with a matching jacket with front zippers and black leather spiked-heeled boots added a nice touch. The men wore knickers with ankle boots, leather vests, and aviator caps. The final piece in the show was a metal-studded black leather bridal gown that was Victorian-inspired, topped off with a feather headband.
Reviewed by Kaylene Peoples
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