West Coast designers (and former New Yorkers) Brian Wolk and Claude Morais showed their 5th collection at famed venue Yamashiro in Hollywood last night. This time they turned to names like Dietrich and Travolta and Hollywood’s portrayal of gender archetypes and antitypes as the aesthetic foundation. “For our feather looks we were honored to work with Catherine D’lish, an incredible burlesque performer known for her unique ability to craft magnificent feather creations. For the color palette of the collection we did a deep dive into the photography of Sheila Metzner, it all started with a picture she took of Molly Ringwald in a floral suit,” Wolk told The Daily. “This image led on us on a super exciting journey through her extraordinary work. There was also a nod to street culture of Melrose Avenue where we often spend our Saturdays taking in its distinct youth culture, and it’s rock/punk jewelry sensibility, which inspired our gold link suspenders and chains, which we made specially made for the collection.”
Once again the designers worked with super stylist Elizabeth Stewart, Paul Mitchel hairstylist Lucie Doughty, and Janice Daoud of Bite Beauty. “We were inspired by a video by the band Visage called ‘Fade to Grey,’ which became the anthem and soundtrack for the collection,” Wolks explained. “Needless to say Los Angeles has always been known to be a beauty and hair capital from old Hollywood to the current red carpet milieu, and no one is a better aficionado of the red carpet than Elizabeth who wove our tapestry of hair, makeup, and silhouette inspirations into the cinematic collection of our dreams.”
The show marked the first time a fashion show was held at Yamashiro in its 100-plus year history and welcomed guests Natasha Bassett, Joanne Froggatt, Isabelle Fuhrman, Skylar Grey, Skai Jackson, Natalie Joos, Chandler Kinney, George Kotsiopoulos, Perrey Reeves, Ryan Rottman, Ava Sambora, Victoria Summer, and Joe Zee.
The designers also partnered with Teen Cancer America on a cloisonné awareness pin, which the models wore walking. The pin will be available for purchase via the Teen Cancer America online boutique later this summer.