story by Cassandra Past
photos by Aeric M.G.
web editor Rachel Reneé
“You Only Live Once,” by The Strokes set the tone for the Fall 2012 presentation of Jason Troisi. The presentation opened with a documentary style video of previous seasons’ runway presentations and the audience was taken on a journey through the young designers past. Short and sweet was the new collection, consisting of five interestingly constructed looks that all tied together in a cohesive manner.
Mr. Troisi, known for using unique materials, did not disappoint in this collection. Mr. Troisi explained, “I found a golf bag in this junkyard that was from 1914, about 100 years old, so I wanted to show how powerful that color was, incorporating the white as minimal.” Lots of straps and hardware, thick leather collars, almost like jewelry pieces, adorned delicately crafted white garments. With impeccable seams, the contrast of hard and soft, maximum and minimum, worked well. One dress in particular, a leather bodice attached to a beautifully draped, rusted white skirt, was a prime example.
Additionally, the textures used contributed well to the collection as one garment even had a fabric that almost looked like bubble wrap. The collection overall was symmetrical with unique shapes, a pleasant experience that left the viewer hungry for more.
As opposed to sending thirty looks down the runway, Mr Troisi also stated that this season he was more focused on fashion as an art. He is an artist who uses clothing as a medium of expression. A couple of pieces he mentioned could be worn as wedding gowns for the modern woman, however that was not his primary focus. The ultimate marriage in this collection seemed to be between the hard leather collars and embellishments which courted the feminine white fabric with just a hint of embroidered floral. Some designers go from rags to riches, Mr. Troisi went golf bags to gowns.