The Models Wore Converse At Wayne This Morning

Fashion week really has two personas –- the chic, put-together, uptown one that enjoys all the glitz and glam of industry big wigs (this would be the shows at Lincoln Center), and the edgy, hip, cool one that’s often descriptive of more under-the-radar designers (this would be the shows at Milk Studios). Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules, but for the most part, you can be pretty sure of what you’re gonna get before stepping into either venue.

That’s why we weren’t at all surprised to be greeted by the eerie tunes and industrial vibe at Milk for this morning’s Wayne show. The backdrop was the typical black and white scheme –- although the green bottles of Perrier at each seat did add a pop of color -– and the atmosphere was stark and almost chilling. In true Milk form, the audience was chock full of editors, buyers, and those model-off-duty look alikes that invade the streets this week.

The clothes matched the scene perfectly. Designer Wayne Lee sent fluid minimalist looks down the runway donned by doe-eyed models with stick straight, low slung ponytails. The color palette was a cool mix of “concrete, twig and static,” with surprising punctuations of orange –- or “flame,” as the designer described it -– mixed in.

And while there wasn’t anything particularly groundbreaking in the lineup -– although we did appreciate the pairing of Converse sneakers with eveningwear looks -– Lee’s collection was interesting and well executed. Not a bad to start a gray and snowy Saturday.


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