Sophmore slump? Not even remotely. Brandon Maxwell‘s second collection had buckets of sophisticated polish, the kind we’re used to seeing from the senior set. Maxwell took over Monkey Bar for the affair, and his impeccably tailored, black and white evening options looked right at home in the retro glam venue. Cigarette pants, anyone? Maxwell’s look great with a sculptural peplum top or a shapely turtleneck with mega sleeves. A futuristic tuxedo is a big win for those of us who can barely stomach the thought of another bedazzled ballgown.
The collection elicited excitement from the select crowd invited to the intimate affair. Maxwell’s front row was comprised of Inez & Vinoodh, Terry Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Sebastian Faena, Adam Selman, Nicola Formichetti, and his BFF and number one client, Lady Gaga, who (along with Maxwell, who styled her) had just flown back from the Grammys for the show. “He’s so focused and so disciplined and the clothes are made so beautifully,” Gaga told The Daily. “He does a magic trick I think during his fashion show where all of the women are going, ‘I need that. I need to wear that,’ and all of the men are going, ‘I need my wife to wear that.’”
Linda Fargo, who was the first to swipe up Brandon Maxwell last season, was equally enamored. “I’m proud to say we zoomed right in on this one,” said Fargo. “I would wear every single piece in this collection and you can quote me on that.” Expect to see these looks selling out in their entirety at Bergdorf Goodman before they even hit the sales floor. Betty, please do call the minute it gets in.