This was the first fashion week I didn’t open with Nicholas K. Lincoln Center’s MBFW certainly does not feel the same, nor is it flourishing as it used to be. The main lobby is not filled with editors, bloggers and tv crews, the blackened cave-like feeling is not conducive to filming or even selfies, even fashion industry people that I know and respect are disappointed with how the tents have changed since last year.
Now I am seeing more and more popular designers leave the tents to find venues that are more affordable with a better aesthetic. Jay Godfrey, who wasn’t a frequenter of MBFW at Lincoln Center, held his show in the Hub at the Hudson Hotel. After traveling down several staircases and tunnels, we ended up at a portal to a hoedown, with bails of hay and cowboy boots in frame. Set in the center was a drum kit, electric guitar, and different percussion instruments all blasting out of the speakers. Her name is Idgy Dean and she has just introduced you to Jay Godfrey’s “Electric West”.
With suede fringe, stretch denim, tea stained ivory lace and embellished fabrics, the Jay Godfrey presentation definitely set up a scene from the “Wild Wild West”. However, the show was populated by better looking models than Kevin Kline in drag.
There were a few standout pieces like the fabulous Chevron sequin tuxedo and gown.
There was even a simply inspiring scene of affection with Jay Godfrey’s two daughters in front of a model clad in a black embroidered lace skirt with built in shorts and contrast color piping with a ivory silk western shirt with black embroidered lace applique.
One of the most fun outfits was the tea stained lace poncho with the jeans and bra-let. The fantastic stetson with it perfectly topped it off.
The quilted denim sequin cape with the denim mini dress and fabulously over the top “top hat” by Albertus Swanepoel for Jay Godfrey set a different tone for the show/. I loved the addition of this piece as it made a nod to the Victorian influence in western clothing.
And last but not least, the fabulous leopard jacquard tuxedo with an ivory pussy bow blouse was just stunning. It was a fun bonus to the show.
I really enjoyed this collection because of the awesome sassiness that Jay Godfrey was channeling and the cohesiveness of the collection. The collection didn’t seem disjointed and out of touch and had a true sense of accessibility. And what a playful concept to create from? What woman wouldn’t want to wear a leopard jacquard tuxedo?