If you’ve ever attended a Libertine Runway show, you know to expect a high energy production driven by designer Johnson Hartig’s own free spirited point of view where beauty, art and love of life emanate from every piece, and the fashion show is elevated into a true fashion celebration. And if you were at the Fall 2013 collection runway show, those expectations were met and surpassed.
Hartig said of the inspiration for his fall 2013 collection, “I’m incredibly moved and inspired by the Indian’s dedication to overt decoration on everything— including 18-wheeler trucks and utilitarian tractors. It makes driving across the country of India exhilarating and fun and entertaining and gorgeous……it becomes its very own adventure discovering endless inspiration…India really is the most magically elegant place…one can’t help but see the world differently after having been there…”
And with that, Hartig sent down the runway, ornate pieces embellished with gold, sapphire and emerald beading and several fabrics he’s picked up during his travels. He didn’t just stop in India, his collection for Libertine also included an interpretation of Sixties Morocco with lavish tunics, velvet silk pants with a collage of photographs of Moroccan rugs printed on them.
Hartig also took inspiration from the punk scene of the seventies with a collection of men’s blazers and women’s tops and dresses that channeled the vampy style of sStevie Nicks. The collection was a mismatch of prints that certainly worked for Hartig, including an oversize houndstooth coat in cream and caramel that was layered over a tweed skirt and beaded forest green cardigan.
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