Long Live the Queen!

New York…Libertine

Johnson Hartig and Cindy Greene’s F/W 09 Libertine presentation was like an “excellent adventure” to different historical periods and countries. Red-coated Beefeaters guarded the showroom doors, telling attendees immediately what they were in store for upon entering. “Dressed up and broken down” was a major underlying theme in the Anglo-loving, pieced together collection. Hunting badges and family crests adorned many of the jackets and sweaters. Graphic tees and a coat had a lovingly drawn characiture of the Queen herself. The “huntin’ and shootin'” cardigan would truly be revered and loved by any vintage connoisseur. One attention-getting tailored jacket in velvet was plain except for the huge hand-knit rosettes that attacked it. The entire assortment was crazy, made almost no sense, but in the end, was true to the brand’s identity and a nice dose of happy medicine to make up for the other bleak collections of the week.


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