Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear
February 12, 2018
Libertine is all about excess and fun, and Johnson Hartig’s Fall 2018 collection, presented tonight at Spring Studios, was no different. The pieces were loud, both metaphorically and literally, as heavy metal embellishments clinked and clanked down the catwalk. Fringe was a key detail, and several models sported long, colorful strings on their nails. (Backstage, Hartig told me the lineup was all about movement, so he wanted “nails that dragged behind the girls.”) Standout pieces included a men’s peacoat with watches hanging off of it, as well as a simple colorblock turtleneck sweater which felt like a nice respite from Libertine’s perpetually maximalist aesthetic. See-through tights that read “L.A.” in rhinestone lettering were deeply cool—Hartig said it was a “shout out to my home city.” But the best pieces? An army jacket and a black sweatshirt, both of which displayed a giant beaded portrait of Cher.