Rachel Antonoff

May 17, 2014 by  
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There’s a personal narrative behind each of Rachel Antonoff‘s idiosyncratic collections and their creative, correlating videos. This season, the spunky designer referenced one of her favorite novels, Marijane Meaker’s 1972 queer coming-of-age classic, Shockproof Sydney Skate. Antonoff paid tribute to the book’s female protagonist, whose pockets and handbags are always full of matchbooks, with a scratchy matchbook plaid found on casual cotton separates, and a pair of brushed-wool overalls featuring “No Smoking” embroidery. Other playful touches included a dashed-off tic-tac-toe motif that turned up on feminine silk wrap dresses and the lining of vibrant wrap coats, as well as an illustrated print depicting a cast of eccentric ladies, which ties into the Fall film.

In the short flick, Antonoff portrays a group of oddball women getting ready—each in her own peculiar way—for a night out. It’s a celebration of their various primping routines and such “mundane secrets” as draping stray hairs over house plants to interpretive dancing. All of the preparation leads up to the characters playing in an orchestra led by renowned contemporary artist Laurie Simmons. In general, there’s an offbeat humor about everything Antonoff does. Her novelty items may have the most immediate appeal, but the rest of the retro-preppy range shouldn’t be overlooked. Other highlights from the new lineup included color-blocked miniskirts, trompe l’oeil knits, and schoolgirl jackets. Antonoff also whipped up several nice trouser styles; one pair was pleated with ultrawide legs, while another fit like sweatpants with an elastic waistband. With the latter, Antonoff wanted to address “how to feel your absolute most comfortable and still be presentable enough to leave your house.” Surely, her customers will appreciate that emphasis on ease.
—Brittany Adams
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Rachel Antonoff

March 11, 2013 by  
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“Best Friends” is the theme of Rachel Antonoff‘s Fall collection, and the designer brought in her real-life BFF, Lena Dunham, to make its corresponding video. The result: a nature-documentary-style short film that follows two partners in crime who could’ve walked off the set of a Girls episode guest-directed by Wes Anderson. The video aptly showcases the quirky-cool clothes, which also riff on the idea of besties via thoughtful details like friendship-bracelet trimming and the gold half-heart charms adorning the collar of an otherwise straightforward cap-sleeve shift. Other highlights include a shirt-and-pleated-skirt set in a slightly retro tie print, as well as matching oxford shoes from Antonoff’s ongoing collaboration with Bass. A duo of novelty sweatshirts that read “Ravenswood” and “El Royale” are a shout-out to two historic luxury apartment buildings in Los Angeles that Antonoff and co. are fascinated with and divided over. They will make Antonoff fans feel like they’re in on the inside joke.
—Brittany Adams
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