Imitation of Magic

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tara Subkoff has always been known for the outlandish, the extreme, the cutting edge, but the presentation of her newest collection was delightfully magical. Throughout her Imitation show – held at Buddakan on a chilly Sunday afternoon – a magician appeared onstage performing a series of magic acts, involving the models in his illusions. He went as far a locking a model in a box while slipping shards of glass into it.

But the showmanship of the 2 hour cocktail fete did not detract from the collection. This year’s presentation was a collaboration with Amber Doyle and Jake Mueser, under their bespoke tailoring label Doyle Mueser. As Mr. Mueser explained: “Imitation of Christ and Doyle Mueser compliment one another perfectly: we’re both dedicated to subversive elegance.”

The collaboration featured crisp, white button-down shirts paired with pencil skirts, and men’s formalwear vests that were juxtaposed with floor-length satin, adding grosgrain belt details in the back. The designer herself described the collection as perfectly “tailored, sexy, bespoke menswear for women using the classic custom tailoring finishes and touches that Doyle Mueser is known for and the off beat, unique twists of Imitation.”

The exclusive collection will be available for bespoke orders at Doyle Mueser Bespoke and Against Nature Atelier.


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