|Daniel Kinne and I talking about the vision for their latest installation of fashion creations....|
|The invitation to A La Disposition's presentation at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden...|
My visit to the Royal Opera House to view A La Disposition's presentation surpassed all my expectations. I like to be surprised. One can form preconceptions about places. To me America has always been a 'play it safe' place, prone to be a slave to the commercial fashion style solution each Season, Donna Karen and Ralph Lauren come to mind. From an Art Direction and Styling point of view American Vogue is blandly dedicated to the conservative fashion option if one compares it with Italian or French Vogue. After taking a walk around the presentation looking at the extraordinary innovative outfits and styles on display I was amazed when I over heard Daniel's American accent...I thought he was English!
Educated in fashion at the Parsons school in New York city his design partner and wife Lynda whom he met at Parsons have settled in Clapham South London very contentedly with their daughters. He explained that he found New York creatively restrictive and thrives over here in London because there is a freedom of expression and respect for innovation and those who challenge established ways of thinking about pattern cutting....
The collection called Misfit Toys stays true to their iconic trademark of mixing a vintage feel with modern and cutting edge elements. Three dimensional references and highly pixelated prism structures made out of fabric using new pattern cutting techniques in exaggerated silhouettes worked!
Lynda Kinne is clearly the muse for the collection her blue hair style was replicated on the mannequins in various complimentary dye shades. The 'A La Disposition' woman is Quirky and not afraid to stand out in a crowd. Helena Bonham Carter, Lady Gaga, Florence Welsh, Skin from Skunk Anansie come to mind as perfect clients for this talented duo. Daniel and Lynda have been commissioned to produce unique outfits for many performance artists they tell me . Their one off pieces are between 700.00 and 3,000 pounds. Frankly if you view them as bespoke art this is not expensive...
The collection is designed apparently with the intent to refresh classic wardrobe pieces, the repetition of shapes and prism structures which adorn the separate items purpose is to catch the eye. Beautifully made using Linen and Shantung I really liked the voluminous silhouettes that created exaggerated bubble skirts and abstract structural dresses.
The avant Garde works here - the more I looked at the construction and overall effect of this clever collection the more I was struck that those who dare to be different are the winners because they experiment and don't care what other people think...
Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood are part of this 'in crowd' who have found success with their propensity to think outside the box!
Copy Schelay McCarter