Lindsey Thornburg

May 29, 2014 by  
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Back in 2006, Lindsey Thornburg launched her namesake collection with witchy cloaks whipped up from deadstock Pendleton blankets. Over the years, the free-spirited designer has expanded to offer a full ready-to-wear range, but she remains best known for her capes, so it makes sense that she decided to keep the focus on them this season. Thornburg has built a strong relationship with Pendleton, and since Fall ’12 she’s been officially partnering with the historic Portland, Oregon-based mill on a co-branded line. Their latest collaboration stars in the Fall ’14 lookbook and its corresponding video, which features models stalking around a dry forest like high priestesses in some coven in Thornburg’s signature, sweeping toggled cloaks. What the collection lacked in scope was reconciled by its breadth of vibrant, graphic prints that were either custom-developed or Pendleton originals. To be sure, these bold patterns were the most psychedelic Thornburg has done to date, with highlights including a warped, Technicolor plaid, as well as an American-flag-inspired “stars and stripes” motif and a landscape print that evoked what the designer called a “cactus mirage in the middle of a peyote trip.” The result was Thornburg at her bohemian best, but we’d still like to see her make a more concerted push into other categories.
—Brittany Adams
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Lindsey Thornburg

April 3, 2013 by  
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Some designers are hyper-methodical when it comes to devising a new collection. They’ve got graph paper and a mechanical pencil in hand; can riff, at length, about arcane inspirations; and have a little dog running around their showroom in a custom version of one of their newest looks. Lindsey Thornburg has always taken a more spontaneous approach to things. She let her dreams guide the design process this season; her dream-catcher-injected video was reportedly a tribute to Carl Jung. The result? Signature tie-dye maxi dresses cut alluringly low in the back, and a flirty velvet baby-doll number that Thornburg said was meant to evoke Madonna back in her Warren Beatty days.

Thornburg’s aesthetic is admittedly a little “hippie-dippy,” but you can imagine Jemima Kirke’s character on Girls wearing these clothes day and night. (Kirke’s gone missing on the HBO show, but her fans haven’t—if a quick walk through Williamsburg is any indication.) Fall is Thornburg’s forte, and her witchy cloaks—an ongoing collaboration with Pendleton—are consistent best sellers. This time around, the heavy wool ponchos had more graphic appeal. One version printed with Technicolor Dia de los Muertos skulls will be a hit with raver kids. Plush alpaca wraps and cozy knits were new developments that felt comparatively sophisticated but still characteristically carefree.
—Brittany Adams
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Lindsey Thornburg

October 10, 2012 by  
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“Naughty nautical” is the theme of Lindsey Thornburg‘s new collection for Spring. But while the lineup may have a maritime message, fans of the designer famous for her “witchy” Pendleton cloaks and tie-dyed caftans know better than to expect bateau stripes and anchor motifs. Instead, Thornburg’s familiar sack dresses come with loosely tied rope details in back, while the enzyme treatment on a flirty gown with cutout sides evokes the reflections of a tidal pool. Thornburg explained that she aimed to branch out into more wearable pieces this season, hence the inclusion of cute linen drawstring shorts and a few comparatively form-fitting frocks. Still, what stood out here was the designer’s more signature fare, like an ethereal silk linen kimono, which felt fresh in light of Spring’s ongoing Asian theme.
—Brittany Adams
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