PUPPETS AND PUPPETS
An under-the-radar newbie that’s the brainchild of New York-based mixed-media artist Carly Mark and fashion designer Ayla Argentina. Spring/Summer 2020 marks just their second season.
Why know it: Of late, a theatrical mood has been settling over New York Fashion Week – often typecast as the most commercial of the big four fashion weeks – and Puppets and Puppets is one of the names breathing new life into the scene. At its latest show held last September, there were richly textured 18th-century-style gowns with vaselike proportions (the inspiration was Russian aristocracy). On the tamer end: lace slips and sharply tailored suits that made for sensuous, ’90s-inflected everyday wear after one took apart the operatic runway styling. The founders profess to be fans of costumes and narrative-based collections, making the brand one of the finest and most authentic fashion-meets-art propositions of the moment. Factor in how the eco-conscious duo make most pieces by hand at home with upcycled fabrics and the label checks off two more boxes for today’s consumers: sustainability and exclusivity. Most pieces are one-offs, save for the embroidered T-shirts, and the only way to land one for now is via email (hit up its eponymous Instagram account).
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