Linder’s show at New York’s St. Mark’s church brings the word “ethereal” to mind — which is a bit of a cliché for a fashion show in an old, beautiful church, right? But how else can a show consisting of a Pure Moods Volume One-inspired soundtrack, incandescent light spotlighting the runway, and a clutch with a cosmic, swirled orb be described?
Linder had shown men’s collections only during the past couple of seasons, and despite its menswear origins in 2013, the label showed its men’s and women’s collection together on Feb. 10. The result was nature meets Greek mythology, and it was beautiful — and with maybe a slight granny vibe thrown in, comfortable orthopedic-feeling shoes and all. The show had a loosely Pagan theme, inspired apparently by Artemis, the goddess of the forest and the hunt.
Bags swung from chains shaped like archery bows, which seems particularly fitting in the current political and social climate. The whole show felt like an intense, unrelenting stare. The clothing accentuated strength, with some accouterments for goddesses.
The show felt like a phoenix rising from scorched earth — sort of like the apocalypse had happened a while back, and we were now adapting to life in a futuristic forest. Gowns were printed with roaring bonfires and waterfalls, and velvet dresses were shredded over ribbed-knit leggings. Linder’s collection felt a little like a spiritual cleansing, and we’re at the altar.