NYFW: Georgine Does Modern Fairytale for Fall
Designer Georgine Ratelband — whose creations have been worn by Beyonce and J.Lo — reinterprets classic characters for her latest collection.
Fairy tales are a constant reference for fashion designers (look no further than FIT's Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit, which showcases fantasy-inspired creations by the likes of Commes des Garcon and Alexander McQueen), and this season Georgine took a page from that playbook.
When presenting her fall 2016 collection on Tuesday evening, designer Georgine Ratelband told Pret-a-Reporter she re-read all the classic fairy tales she loved including Cinderella, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood for inspiration.
"I re-imagined the characters and what they would be re-wearing today and what a modern-day woman would wear," said the Dutch-born designer, clad in a oversized navy coat that featured pink fur pockets.
Her reinterpretations saw the first look featuring a model as a present-day Little Red Riding Hood with a fire-engine silk parka paired a black lace dress and as Cinderella with an all-sequin baby blue gown that was fittingly described as the "Off to the Ball!" look.
GEORGINE'S GIRLS: Models on the Georgine fall 2016 runway. (Photo: Getty Images)
But it wasn't until the last seven outfits, which were meant to reflect contemporary witches that had front-row guests — ZZ Ward, Whitney Port, Patina Miller, Selita Ebanks and Arden Cho included — gasp in near unison as models walked down the runway in super sheer black gowns.
"Everyone loves fairy tales, but it's also not time-related like an era," she explained of the theme that constantly gets re-imagined by the industry. "When you read a fairy tale, you can be really creative with it. You can give it your own spin."
Since launching Georgine in 2011 as a made-to-measure company and then expanding to ready-to-wear in 2014, Ratelband has had her own fairy tale of sorts, including the time she discovered that Beyonce had worn one of her designs to husband Jay Z's Tidal X: 1020 concert in New York.
"Most of them time I don't even know until someone texts me on Instagram or someone sends me a message: 'Hey is that yours? It looks like yours.' And then I'll go online. That was with Beyonce," she said.
"I woke up in the morning and all of a sudden I had all these notifications on my phone from Instagram and [I thought] 'What the hell?' so I look at the picture and I'm like, 'No.' It can't be real. I really thought it was fake. I was shocked."
Talk about a happy ending.