Last we heard from Logan Neitzel, Vogue.com was into his leather goods. That was last spring. Last week, as New York Fashion Week was coming to a close, there was even better news from the former Art Institute of Seattle student and Project Runway alum.
Neitzel told me that when he showed his spring/summer 2011 collection, none other than Elle editors Anne Slowey and Kate Lanphear (aka La Lanphear, she of the most coveted cool in American fashion media) showed up to check it out, as did editors from Italian, French, Japanese, and Chinese Vogues. And the response was good. How good? Half of the collection — flip through the slideshow here to see what it’s all about — is currently in the possession of French Vogue, who are shooting it for a December editorial. That’s good.
Oh, and, the New York Times’ T Magazine has let the designer know of their plans to give his work some ink as well.
As you check out the slideshow, keep this in mind: A collection is more than clothes. The hair and makeup supply the mood behind the garments, and give the designer’s colors, shapes, cuts, and references some context. You’ll note that these images of Neitzel’s collection really have a solid narrative, cinematic feeling. That vibe has Seattleites behind it, too. Gene Juarez juarez/ style guru Charlie Perritt and his Identity team flew to New York to create the street urchin-in-Chanel lipstick look you’ll see here. Wait there’s more: Multi-talented Seattle-native Rachelle Robinett produced the whole genius thing.
We’re always psyched to see local minds creating waves out there in the world — and when they’re doing it with a nod to the nihilistic beauty of Rick Owens and the mystery and power of the future, so much the better.
You can purchase Neitzel’s dark and sexy designs at store.loganneitzel.com, at Eva in New York, and at farfetch.com