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Clever, young, and taking their first walk down the New York Fashion Week runway at The Designer’s Loft on West 31st Street, Jessica Lapidos and Thomas Barranca of TILLYandWilliam delivered an exceptional collection that is sure to make a deep impression in years to come.
With their trademark “armers,” an almost “extra skin,” and wash silk twill and soft jersey fabrics, TILLYandWILLIAM’s Fall 2013 collection offers comfort, cohesiveness, and color in just the right amount. Reversible dresses, tunics, and “thigh riders” fit smoothly and allow for movement.
Drawing on the philosophy of transformability and androgyny, TILLYandWILLIAM’s collection offers simple designs organic in their unisexuality, as seen mid-show when two models evolved into dancers. Pirouetting and moving as one across the runway, the elasticity and the intimacy of the clothes are apparent: the armers and boxer shorts became the supplemental skin.
The armers cut above the shoulder blades and below the neck, and allowed the body’s natural contours to be exposed. In terms of transformability, Lapidos asked herself, “How do I make a pair of pants become a shirt?” The male model’s harem-like pants become the female model’s top, proving that with even one piece, TILLYandWILLIAM offer much variety.
And if the movement of the clothes wasn’t enough to pull you into their conscious approach to the body’s form, Lapidos and Barranca infused earthy and pure colors into their collection. The neutral look was finished off with Bobbi Brown makeup, keeping the face clean and fresh.
This is a cooler than cool duo. A little quirky, hippy, and indie, TILLYandWILLIAM offer a sensual and fluid collection.
Sofia Lizza is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.