This week people around the New York runways spoke of “sell outs” designers who create clothes to appease celeb pop tarts, 90210 stars and other riff raff. Courtney Love pimped her ass all over town, likely for free rags like the Alexander Wang she wore to the Hudson party. But the real deal lies with ThreeAsFour, a group that showed an artful collection under the approval and careful eye of Yoko Ono and her son Sean, who sat first row at the Milk Gallery on Friday.
The creations of Adi, Angela, and Gabi — the trio who were once part of a design quartet — overtook the catwalk in the form of architectural dresses that blossomed into noir flowers; straight jackets; creme kimonos with charcoal print scribbles; and blue featherlike frocks, all atop lucite wedged heels. Felt like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The best bit rested in the presentation, where models armed with scissors, walked to a center model and snipped off bits of her dress, a nod to “Cut Piece,” a performance done by Yoko in the mid Sixites. Yoko then sat on a stage as audience members cut off bits of her clothing, leaving her naked. The message then rested in the interplay between interplay and human connection versus violation.
As for ThreeAsFour, the message rests in beautiful craftsmanship and not giving a damn about commercial reality, or reality TV or any other easy instant visual food. Rock On.