Provocative, individualistic and rebellious are just some adjectives that describe John Varvatos's RTW 2016 Fall show. The designer dismantled his Bowery CBCG's store, creating a labyrinth of rooms with models interspersed throughout, including in the dressing rooms and amidst mannequins, the first of which were in coffins. Rock n' Roll classics played in each room, the last being an angelic white room dedicated to the iconic David Bowie.
Although the theatrics were monumental, Varvatos's collection was direct and true. His diverse textures, fabrics, and ornamentation suits customers of different ages and professions (pun intended). Double-breasted suits, elongated cardigans, and tuxedo jackets in abstract prints, shearlings, calfskins, and jacquards blended classics with the exotic. Varvatos deserves a round of applause for his contemporary take on a tangled and refreshing New York fashion show.