Deborah Lindquist Fall 2006 Collection - Geisha Rocker Chic

Deborah Lindquist

Fabulous fashionistas Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Applegate, and Lucy Liu own her feminine confections. Even Hollywood's renown burlesque beauties, the Pussycat Dolls, have tantalized their audiences in her creations. It's no surprise that the celebs are snatching her gorgeous goddess garbs faster than you can say, "Botox."

For fall 2006, Lindquist leaves her wondrous wood nymphs of spring behind. Instead, she infuses the spirit of the geisha with the essence of western rocker chicks circa 1985. With these very distinct personas vying for the title of head muse, Lindquist presents "Asian Underground" at the Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week in Culver City, Ca.

The stark white runway, illuminated by the spotlight was empty, not a model in sight. Suddenly, a pre-teen boy appeared against the backdrop. His dyed blue hair hung limply down to his ears. He was dressed like a typical boy: baggy cargo pants and a casual navy blue long sleeve cotton shirt. He pretended to graffiti the stage, then suddenly stopped. This pre-pubescent rocker ran to the center of the catwalk, paused long enough to give the audience a sly smile, and darted backstage. The DJ started spinning and Lindquist sent her models marching out to the tunes of Prince, the pop divo, and Nirvana, the poster child for flannel and teenage angst. "Asian Underground" started with a bang as the enthusiastic audience happily applauded for the first look, a cashmere sweater.

(L to R): Hemp/silk/leather bomber jacket; Soy/chiffon/cashmere kimono top

The word "geisha" means "artist" in Japanese. A successful geisha must demonstrate beauty, grace, artistic talent, charm, impeccable etiquette, and refinement. She spends her life transforming herself from a woman to living art. On the other end of Lindquist's design spectrum are the American 80s punkettes, who defy everything that represents middle America, live in squalor, and soothe their tormented souls with lyrics from the Sex Pistols. These personas are strikingly different, existing on opposite sides of the globe. However, Lindquist embraces the unexpected combinations of seemingly polar opposites. In fact, she uses these perplexing pairings to appeal to all of the senses. She combines the textures of vintage Asian textiles, vintage cashmere, soy, lycra, and hemp fur. She teamed garish colors like reds with purples and lotus flower prints. The music even fluctuated between pop and grunge.

Geisha accents adorned every look and softened the more structured silhouettes of the corsets and bustiers. For a twist on the kimono, the traditional Geisha garb, Lindquist divided this complicated one-piece and created separates: vintage kimono bomber jackets and vintage kimono skirts. Each piece was worn with cashmere scarves and either a cashmere sweater or skirt. Each kimono skirt had intricate and delicate embroidery of either Japanese symbols, dragons, or an old, Japanese sage. In another rendition of the kimono, Lindquist created a cream-colored silk and cashmere kimono sleeve dress with long, billowing sheer sleeves that gracefully flowed around the arms. She also added traditional Geisha belts, all with elegant embroidery of flowers and dragons, to high-waisted pants and bustiers worn over fishnet t-shirts.      

(L to R): Cashmere cardigan and skirt, vintage wool bustier, and fishnet top; Hemp/silk/leather blouse, hemp/silk skirt

Lindquist's Geisha, uncharacteristically, veered off the traditional road and began socializing with the "wrong crowd." As a result, she adopted some of their not-so-savvy style. Most of Lindquist's unique pieces were paired with brightly colored leggings, stripper stilettos, and fishnet t-shirts or sleeves. In a sequin and fishnet dress, all that remained of the Geisha's influence was a lone Kimono belt. Although the punker-chick look is all the rage these days, I wish that Lindquist had avoided being seduced by the peer pressure and resisted adding these 80s-inspired elements.   

Asian symbols are something very new for Lindquist. It's no surprise that she was looking to the eastern world for inspiration. After all, she is quite the traveler. She also regularly practices yoga, whose philosophies are centered on traditional eastern theory. Moreover, the Asian symbols she chose communicate her own dogma: love, peace, serenity, and health. A friend to the environment, Lindquist uses less conventional, but eco-friendly, fabrics to create her look. Recycled leather and, conducive to the copious contrasts apparent in her looks, blends of environmentally conscious fabrics such as hemp and silk, hemp and tencel, and organic wool.

Lindquist undoubtedly possesses a flair for figure-flattering silhouettes and an eye for unusual details and embellishments. She is the epitome of fashionable yogis everywhere: she truly does take every being on this earth into account as she designs looks for the body, soul, and Mother Earth.

(L to R): Silk/cashmere kimono sleeve dress; Organic wool coat, kimono middle corset, cashmere sweater, and hemp/tencel skirt

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