Disney and Thomas Wylde have collaborated on a limited edition collection inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Studios film “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which releases in theaters May 27, 2016. We saw the show at NYFW this past Sunday.
Jene Park of Thomas Wylde is crazy in the best way. She managed to work with Walt Disney Studios and put together three special looks, first
the “White Queen” look which is whimsical yet sophisticated, it’s a stunning high-in-front, low-in-back day dress; so modern! For the “Red Queen” look, the obvious is done to a ‘T’: the blood red overcoat in wool and cashmere taps into the Thomas Wylde aesthetic with a perfectly draped, sharply tailored silhouette. Finally, the “Time” look is a slick suit takes a bold stance at suiting for a modern woman. Tap into your evil feelings with a long cape with slim fit trousers.
For the rest of the collection, Park is brash with elegance and shocking with luxury. It’s like giving a teenager a blank check, a gold mine, a fur salon, and a lot of seamstresses. Without a doubt, Paula Thomas is no outsider to fashion, but taking control of Thomas Wylde, she is capitalizing on something so ambitious and actually on the minds of the current generation. Yes, a population of millennial generation hold ‘famous for being famous’ celebrities to idol status. The art of being rich, being pouty, publicly chic. Lots of writing on this subject has been produced by the Twitter users Nicole Milfie and PopCultureDiedIn2009, among others.
It seems like Paula Thomas got stuck in 2006, eventually vintage, and lets the underage rich rebel play out on the runway. It’s as much as last generation’s Bentley Arnage, bottles of then-chic Cristal, Yurman over Cartier, Jacob’s multi-color Louis Vuittons and transparent Goyards; Escalades in colors other than black, Mercedes-Benzes over Ferraris (more suitable for the young Rodeo Drive teen). Of course, the purse dog, too. These are all (ostensibly) the ideas that inspired Thomas Wylde’s Fall 2016 collection, aptly called “90291”, the Zip code of the wealthy Los Angeles suburb Venice, the playground of young Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and others on the weekends, as well as LA subcultures of goth, rockers, and more.
Slips of fur, oversized sunglasses, satin dresses, chunky wool sweaters. It felt like the set of Gossip Girl or The Simple Life rather than any skate parks or rock band concerts. Thomas Wylde clearly cannot avoid the luxury temptations it’s so familiar with (and its buyers, too). The looks were in red latex and leather, fur outlines, white and black pants, all paired with barely-there stilettos.