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Sometimes, depending on who’s sitting in the front row, you get a sense of the show’s caliber. If there are B-list actors looking pretty and dolled up, well… it doesn’t really signify much, but when there’s fashion royalty, then there’s real excitement. The latter was the case Monday afternoon at Ohne Titel’s fall/winter 2014-15 ready-to-wear collection, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Even though Ohne Titel is a relatively new label, the American, New York-based brand founded in 2006 has moved up the ranks fairly quickly since their inception. Vogue took notice of Alexa Adams and Flora Gill (two Parsons graduates) in 2007, and in 2011 they were named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists.
Early on Ohne Titel (which is German for “Untitled”) became known for delivering collections filled with knitwear and tight-fitted dresses. Yesterday’s collection felt more empowered, and we noticed that before we even saw the clothes. Backstage, all of the women had slick straight hair adorned with, what seemed, reminiscent to Black Swan feathers on both sides of their smooth and shiny locks. But on closer inspection the accessories felt more like partial Greek goddess crowns painted in black, and, some in gold.
When the show began, the intense drum soundtrack gave the show a sense of urgency, and then after we saw Vogue digital director Sally Singer (swoon), sitting beautifully, sans makeup, in the front row, the show was really put into high gear.
The collection, inspired by “tactile surfaces, clean lines,” had a 90s, spacey soldier vibe to it, especially with its abstract patterns. That is quite the combo, but just think: what would Denise Huxtable create if she were going to a Star Trek-themed party? This collection was it! And it was magical. It was truly an exhilarating line made for a woman that understands the power of her abilities.