2008 September 10
Sophie Theallet - New York Spring 2009
(NEW YORK) For her first runway show in New York, Alaïa alum Sophie Theallet showed at the Altman Building bright and early on Tuesday morning. The crowd was a sea of French speakers, paired with top editors like Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington and Sally Singer. Theallet began with crisp white dresses and moved into beige colors decorated with floral prints, followed by dramatic Grecian gowns. "Freedom, color. I was thinking about costume of the south of France where I'm from," explained Theallet. "I see similarities with North African nomads and Native American Indians. It was very chic and very polished. I didn't want to go to the traditional costumes so I made the girls look like beautiful." Shirtdresses were belted at natural waists, there was frill without overdoing it, and it was all about the details, from the ties to the visible zippers. Most notably, she chose to use all African American models. "It came totally naturally with my collection because I love colors and I think colors are really beautiful on dark skin," said the designer. "And these girls are like princesses, and I want to show that."