Libertine Spring Summer 2024 collection fashion show at New York Fashion Week SS24 (September 9, 2023).
Closeups for Libertine Spring Summer 2024 Fashion Show.
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Backstage, Makeup and Hairstyles for Libertine Spring Summer 2024 Fashion Show.
Johnson Hartig made a triumphant return. Libertine's Spring Summer 2024 collection showcased at Spring Studios, was a confirmation to Hartig's penchant for blending vintage finds with artistic flair, resulting in a visually captivating and expertly crafted lineup.
Hartig's inspiration for this collection was as eclectic as his designs. A chance encounter with fabric books from the 1930s and 1940s in a dusty Moroccan antique shop unlocked a treasure trove of creativity. From this discovery emerged a red, white, and blue "confetti" pattern and a blue and white dot print, which were woven into the collection's fabric. These patterns exuded a sense of nautical nostalgia reminiscent of classic films aired on TMC. Additionally, ceramic tile patterns found their way into the collection, evoking memories of Hartig's travels.
The hallmark of Libertine has always been its impeccable craftsmanship, and this collection was no exception. One standout piece was a fringe and flower embroidered jacket that was both visually striking and expertly made. Hartig's love for pendant decorations and crystal beading was evident throughout the collection, applied to familiar silhouettes that are becoming signature to the brand. Carnations and roses blossomed on garments, while playful "paint" strokes were enlivened with patches of swaying fringe on a coat. Artistic influences were seen in the use of what Hartig described as "Hockney Pool Blue," and a suit embellished with crystal eating utensils drew inspiration from Salvador Dali's iconic imagery.
One notable technique in this collection was the silk-screening of lace onto a white jacket after its construction, creating a captivating and intentionally imperfect effect. However, this approach didn't resonate as strongly when applied to a heart print, lacking the same impact as other design elements.
Hartig's personal passion for decorating, recently featured on the cover of The World of Interiors, seemed to permeate the collection. While this "favorite things" approach was evident, it didn't establish a clear mood or storyline, which might leave some longing for a more cohesive narrative. Nevertheless, Libertine's loyal customer base and collectors are unlikely to be deterred, as they appreciate Hartig's consistent creativity.
While Johnson Hartig's return to the runway was certainly a glittering spectacle, it's clear that there's room for him to explore new horizons and push beyond his comfort zone in future collections. As he continues to blend vintage charm with artistic ingenuity, the fashion world eagerly awaits the next chapter in the Libertine story.
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