Twinkle Fall 2006 Collection
It was standing room only in the Atelier at Bryant Park at the Twinkle by Wenlan show on February 5 during Olympus Fashion week. As the guests lined up in the main tent, it was clear that this 'cool' designer is favored by the young, rich socialite who wants to look edgy, fun and hip. Waiting beside me was the designer's neighbor who felt compelled to tell me that Wenlan was not only extremely talented, but extremely nice (their dogs have play dates together). Further, he advised me that she is on the verge of designer greatness. After watching this funky collection, I have to agree with him.
Designer Wenlan Cha based her fall collection around the 'Twinkle girl', a dreamy-eyed and innocent girl with a punk attitude. This Twinkle girl lives in the city, a magical world, where here doodles come to life in 'electric, mix and match' styled clothing. As the show began, alternative music blared at a loud level, shocking the audience. Models, with pink flushed cheeks, bright lipsticks and messy buns moved down the runway in autumnal colors such as grey, mauve, creme, blue, indigo, red, teal and black.
Using various proportions including tent dresses, flutter sleeves, cropped jackets and full pants; Wenlan creates unique clothing that simply 'float' around the body. Mixing textures such as wool, chunky hand knits (her trademark), knits (leggings ruled the runway), silk and tweed, these are clothes that every girl (even those over thirty) will want. A gorgeous doll chunky knit vest worn over white Ă‚sleeve Twinkle T and multi-colored intarsia knit leggings create a look of defined messiness. The white chunk knit vest over grey Ikat silk/cotton ruffle dress with drop waist combines last years hand knit sweaters with the omnipresent flirty peasant dress. Wenlan repeated a similar fashion conceit with her white fringe chunky knit vest worn over a creme Little House on the Prairie dress. An Ikat silk/cotton blouse with a heather wool tulip skirt is worn with stripe leggings, and a black chunky hand knit scarf that looks like one Grandma made. Wenlan's leggings run the gamut from striped intarsia knit leggings to neutral gray leggings confirming that leggings are back. Models wore flat ballet slippers in neutral beige or alternatively low boots with small heels in shades of grey and creme.
Wenlan's dresses are works of art. Using her original prints including wild zig-zags in blue and burgundy boldly outlined twisted floral motif and geometric icons in neon, the dresses appear to come out of a vintage thrift store. A beautiful Orchard twist silk/cotton layered dress is paired with black and yellow striped intarsia knit leggings in a crazy mix of color and texture. The final piece, a lavender Shadowlands twist-back gown in silk charmeuse and cotton layers with a black and banana tuxedo chunky knit cardigan over it, could easily be worn on the streets during the day and a party at night.
The use of unique Twinkle jewelry (which can be purchase on www.twinkle.com) made up of chunky stones, gold chains, and bright primary colored plastic cutouts add to the retro mix-up.
The fall 2006 Twinkle by Wenlan collection explores the imagination of the Twinkle girl and brings it vividly to life.
Photos courtesy of www.nymag.com