NYC designer Christina Mannino presented the S/S 15 collection for her NYC women’s label, DEIVIE during a private press showing at RePop room in Chelsea Wednesday night. Aptly titled “Oh the Dichotomy!”, the collection chronicles the life of a socialite who secretly moonlights as a street artist, alluding to this season’s collaboration with Brooklyn street artists AINAC. “What makes the DEIVIE woman so special is that she is truly an inhabitant of contrary worlds. She is polished and sophisticated whilst playing by her own rules,” says Mannino, “Thus my idea was to highlight that the intrigue in a woman lies not within what she shows the world, but what she conceals.”
Centered around custom-quilted silk coats made in vivid, candy colors, the collection hints back to the early 1960s when proper women hit the town in coordinating coats to match their frocks. Fuzzy tank dresses with floaty, horse hair hemlines elegantly compliment the structured Dream Coats, while shiny mesh tanks with chain-adorned necklines hint at the edgy side of this secret rebel.
Quilted Satin Jacket
A stand out look — a quilted satin jacket with perforated leather sleeves, the back hand-tagged by AINAC with their signature “ART IS NOT A CRIME” — will be sold as a limited edition exclusive, each coat being painted one- of- a- kind. “It’s my favorite coat — it truly is like owning a piece of art,” says Mannino, “AINAC sells their art and this is just as special — even more so to me because it’s wearable! Street art is not going away and really adds beauty to a lot of places in the city.”
Adding to the high-society meets “nouveau punk” theme, lead stylist Luis Payne and his team from HAIRROIN SALON coiffed the models’ hair into dramatic 50s-inspired waves, using Mannino’s Lauren-Bacall filled mood board as a guide. Makeup artists from Chic Studios and Rouge NY enhanced the retro-glam vibe and dolled out the models with heavy lashes on the upper and lower lids. Keeping the skin natural and fresh like icon Jane Birkin, they finished the look with a soft pink lip.
The bright art space, RePOP room located under the highline, was decorated with thematic slogans painted on the walls — “We All Have Secrets” and “Art is Not a Crime.” Indie tunes like Chvrches “Lies” and Big Data’s “Dangerous” played throughout the preview until the music dramatically changed to hip hop beats by Dr. Dre and Kanye West, another hint back to Mannino’s juxtaposition of high society and street edge. Artists AINAC were present handing out hats they had custom tagged with their signatures — an Abraham Lincoln face (“Abe head”) and “ART IS NOT A CRIME.” Produced by KHPR and Fete Event Group, guests enjoyed mini cupcakes and beverages from Yellowtail, Eppa, and Zico.
Photos Credit: Danielle Tiu