story by Dana Varon
photos by Ned and Aya Rosen
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This new season at Odilon is a fair departure from fall. Taking off from dark colors and draping coats lands fresh whites and strips of sunny yellow. Suitable given Canadian designer Stacey Clark’s, “finally embracing living in the L.A. sunshine.” Also bathed in grassy green and deep sea blues, Odilon’s Spring 2012 collection was inspired by 90’s Venice Beach, skate shirts (Ms. Clark has a white skateboard herself, which was waiting backstage), and the musical likes of Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Kurt Cobain and Pavement.
Assistant designer Harold Kuhn added that they also grabbed inspiration from, “wanting to take things that were here during our teenage years.” This aesthetic, along with other muses Francois Hardy and a “skate ballet” performance, birthed a lax but lady-like line both structured and slack, with super-soft silk suits, or outfits rather, made up of hanging but hugging tops and loose wide-legged flowing pants sporting both multi- and same-colored auto and engineer stripes.
Also hanging around was a long willowy canary colored dress, shorter more tapered ones in various shapes and materials, some splashed with swatches of color or design, and a green stretchy wetsuit top appearing number. Accented with custom shiny silver jewels made from molds of real shark teeth, the tide has turned from the 90’s, and this line is refined but still… radical.