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Brian Wolk and Claude Morais have mastered the art of fashionable time travel. The designer duo behind LA-based luxury label Wolk Morais stitched together Fairfax Avenue’s past and present for their fourth collection, which they unveiled last night to the beat of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “All The Rain.”
Just like past shows, Wolk Morais took to a vintage-inspired atmosphere to set the mood: in last night’s case, it was West Hollywood’s Harlowe (named after legendary actress Jean Harlowe), where guests like actors Harley Quinn Smith and Zelda Williams enjoyed cheese and meat plates and sipped custom cocktails by Drambuie. (The designers also partnered with Visit WeHo for the event.)
The CFDA designers were inspired by the silver screen sirens of Tinseltown’s Pre-Code period (from approximately 1929 to 1934 before film censorship guidelines were enacted) and the youthfulness of LA’s modern-day streetwear scene. Styled by celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, a beanie-clad model marched in a metallic floral bias-cut gown, while a bomber jacket emblazoned with the brand’s new logo was paired with flowy wide-legged pants.
Echoing previous entirely LA-produced collections, the formerly New York-based duo tapped “a local mesh and embroidery guy [on Fairfax who] specialized in sportswear,” begins Morais, “for our first logo monogram,” continues Wolk.
Other local collaborators included footwear designer Terry de Havilland, who lent his metallic platform heels to the retro-modern looks, while the team at Paul Mitchell gave models edgy bangs and long California sun-dried waves. Wolk and Morais also teamed with Toronto-based Bite Beauty, which created a custom lip color for the show (oh, and the designers hinted at a possible capsule collab in the future).
When asked about how he hopes Collection 4 will make its wearers feel in the post-election age where the future of women’s rights seem uncertain, Wolk says the goal is to “inspire women to feel and bold, just like those empowered women in the Pre-Code movies; just like the girls we see on Fairfax Avenue. And the boys!”
Speaking of freedom, Wolk and Morais encourage women to ditch the underpinnings when wearing this collection’s pieces. “The models are almost all nude under their clothes,” says Morais. “Nothing!” exclaims Wolk, before Morais continues that “it’s sexier to be nude under something covered than showing it too much.
See more photos from last night’s show and scroll through the gallery above.
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