Last Friday, we momentarily escaped NYFW falling down a rabbit hole personally dug by Eric Schlösberg. At a glance, the designer’s Fall/Winter ‘17 collection seemed to be an alternate vision of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. But as the story unfolded on the Slipper Room’s stage located in the Lower East Side it became evident, even through the shimmering purple haze, that 2017 might’ve been the year Carroll envisioned all along. Flickering bulbs and a light veil of atmospheric fog misted around the stage, giving the illusion that we were peering into a portal to Schlösberg’s Wonderland. “Alice who’s been working hard for the money, falls down the rabbit hole. The Mad Hatter snatches her and makes her his sex slave for all eternity,” says Schlösberg when explaining his version of the fairytale.
Picture a tea party on the lawn of an ‘80s sound garden, a make-up nod to the era of Ve Neil, with big enough hair to tie all the Alice’s together. The model’s gaze off in a vampiric like trance, with body language that gives off anything but stiff, completely enchanted to Taylor Dayne’s Tell It To My Heart. After we meet the story’s titular character and wardrobe for her newly founded career path, the Chesire Cat makes an appearance. He has been personified into a thick striped minidress that keeps the feline’s fur color scheme in mind with an overall feel of its iconic mischievous grin. Other pieces of the collection keep Lydia Deetz in mind, but not as the lonesome adventurer from the film, rather a 21st century influencer whose wardrobe Beetlejuice would most definitely envy … Or he’d at least send you a late night DM.