>> I didn't really know what to expect at Adam Selman's presentation. Just in case the name doesn't ring a bell, Selman is music artist tour collaborator, having created looks for Sufjan Stevens, Scissor Sisters and most notably and recently, Rihanna. Selman was also primarily responible for aiding Rihanna on her line for River Island. Whilst RiRi is on a break from touring, Selman took the opportunity to officially start his own thing and presented his debut S/S 14 collection last night, packed to the rafters with other people who were as curious as I was and obviously the RiRi aficionados, eager to see what Selman would come up with.
The result was a staged photoshoot with comedian and actor Amy Sedaris playing the role of the fashion photographer and models flaunting it with all their might. It was a veritable hot house set-up that instantly recalled for me, Deborah Turbeville's infamous 1975 bathhouse images. They caused a stir because swimsuited models weren't suppoed to appear so louche and melancholy. For Selman though, he had perkier references as he looked at the 1970s era of Cosmpolitan covers when photographer Francesco Scavullo exalted models to glamorous figures, who were body-proud and not afraid to express that overtly. Another reference was a 1981 HBO special on supermodels, Beautiful Baby, Beautiful, so you could see where Selman was coming from when he presented his bygone smiling and strugging in a state of soft focus deshabille. Spaghetti strapped slips, boudoir silk robes and powder pink/mint shades contrasted with sportier elements such as hockey jerseys, star-spangled denim and backpacks.
Selman said he just needed to get this collection of his chest as it had been simmering for a while. I may not be Selman's target gal (as I noted on Instagram, a seriously banging body required for all these slippery silks and high-thigh cuts) but I'm definitely interested to see what else could bubble up in his retro-sexual state of mind.