One of my nearest and dearest friends, Hayden Dunham, presented her first collection at the Williamsburg Fashion Show on Saturday night at Glasslands Gallery.
Featured amongst other designers, some with a more plain and traditional aesthetic, really allowed Dunham's work to stand out. Referencing Margiela and Rick Owens, Dunham's use of the avant garde within her designs seemed courageous for such a young and novice designer. Sometimes fashion, especially designer fashion or ready to wear, is too literal, too plain and too traditional, lacking whimsy and fantasy. Dunham's work pulls from the imagination, and stays within the realm of the fantastical. Fashion is a form of art and design and when it references it's roots, that's when fashion really works, in my opinion. Clothing should be functional but it can also reference form.
With this being Dunham's first completed collection, I am quite intrigued to see what feature seasons hold for her.