Photos: Katherine Lowe
Steven Alan presented his Fall 2011 collection this morning at the Chelsea Piers, an icy 10 minute hike from the nearest subway station. Inside, the room was steaming hot, crowded with guests, and lined with models stretching the length of two walls. It's impossible not to get sidetracked by those models, standing still as statues – they're forbidden from chatting, making any sudden movements or scratching an itch. Call it sadism, but you just want to catch them out. It didn't take long, three in particular were breaking all the rules.
Alan's offering was centred around two different ideas: for boys, the current wave of rough and tumble Americana that's been sweeping the world; and for girls, the late 60s, early 70s. On one side, blue-collar workwear jackets, denim shirts, hiking boots and trim tweedy suits with pants tucked into socks; on the other, flower-power, flares and velvet maxis. All supremely wearable, with loads of commercial appeal.
When it's this cold outside, you can't beat easy to wear, functional, good looking clothing. Steven Alan ticks all the right boxes.
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