To try to review a Libertine show is akin to Tweeting out the history of the world in a single Tweet! There’s so much to share, so much to discuss, so much to reference, it’s simply impossible. The mind of Johnson Hartig is one that I’d truly like to get into if even for a single day. His collections are fanciful ones for certain.
Fanciful in appearance with literally every form of embellishment employed in some form or another. This season, he printed bananas at times in manners that were gloriously inappropriate & mischievous & at other times predictable & mundane (but that contrast is precisely what we are celebrating in Libertine), embroidered, appliquéd, & sequined, bedazzled & bejeweled. Colors… every! Fabrications… again… every! Are you getting the point?
In a less skilled hand, this mixing bowl approach would be reviewed to be a mess, but with Hartig’s deft hand on the sketching pad, the results are to be celebrated. His world is a fun one for sure, yet there are elements of serious fashion just around the proverbial corner of every show. When worn en masse, the results are too much & resemble a runway show, but unless you are lucky enough to be one of fashion’s rare birds like the rarest of the birds herself, Iris Apfel, or the late Anna Piaggi, or heiress, philantropic socialite Pamela Reynolds, then likely you’d best be suited to wear a single piece or two, but mark our words, the results will still be memorable.
This label, which was revived a few years back has seriously become one of our favorites to experience each season. To say “see” would not be doing it justice… Libertine needs to be experienced. We’ve published every look below… take them all in one by one. Click each to enlarge… you’ll be glad you did!
-R. Scott French
Designer site: www.ilovelibertine.com
Libertine Press Contact: In-House