Loving Libertine – the fall 2011 Collection Show & Designer Interview

5 Mar

Text, Vivian Kelly

Art gallery girls out there- rejoice! If you fancy a paint spattered smock, like me, you can wear a really gorgeous one in delicious popping tones such as fuschia,  marigold, red or a black and white graphic print if you’re the more reserved sort. Black and white was reserved mostly for the men.

Women will also be staying warm in cozy fuzzy tweed overcoats that I’m betting will be landing on the pages of Vogue sometime soon. There. Were 2 Vogue editors in attendance, and possibly a third, someone said. Meredith Melling Burke and her co-Voguettes

Libertine designer, Johnson Hartig, in his Libertine Show, Backstage at the fall2011 show

posed gamely for the cameras, and why wouldn’t they? Even on a frigid Saturday morning at 10a.m. they looked “Vogue” ie: impeccable.

If you’re wondering, “was it worth it to drag oneself downtown off the beaten path to see a collection?” the answer is a resounding “yes!”. PR friend, Deborah Hughes told me yesterday that each item that went down the runway [and that will eventually be sold to the public] is unique. Why? Because each item is vintage and designer, Johnson Hartig, repurposes the vintage items he uses – nothing assembly line here in his design process.

Meet the free-spirited Johnson tomorrow, when I post our pre-show interview backstage, as well as some fun getting-ready-for the show stills.

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