Location, New York City. Time, 8:07 PM. Suit, Valentino (Couture)
The scrim highlights the traces of Patrick Batemans red-hot apartment as he presents his hardbody to the audience. He charismatically confesses the urge to kill his friends while simultaneously winning over Broadway goers. With a Gagaosian quality, the show presents itself as a decadent feast of style that is sure to entertain millennials. The story is brought to the stage by masterminds Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and follows the hedonistic life of Patrick Bateman played by Benjamin Walker. All of who execute a devilishly styled interpretation of the controversial novel American Psycho. The production emphasizes the disparity between carnal pleasure and sustainable happiness as the story’s antihero creates a world filled with a void that can only be satiated with murder. Synth and sex take center stage as the audience experiences a sensory overload of visualness that ultimately questions reality. A reality built on a consumeristic mindset that makes you feel hollow and want something more. As Bateman states, “although I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel my flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.” An unraveling begins to occur that ultimately connects with viewers during the final moments of AP. Thus, cathartically landing the novels existential identity crisis into a moment that feels as comforting as the tracking on your favorite VHS tape.
For tickets and more information go to American Psycho.
In a world of fast fashion, designers are faced to sacrifice design & quality for fast money. Within the visceral ecosystem of fashion one still finds new designers that are able to hold their own by creating signature looks that embody elegance and confidence. Which is why I would like to bring Brandon Maxwell up to the forefront as he recently debuted his second RTW collection at NYFW this February.
Maxwell is widely known in the industry as the man behind Lady Gaga’s red carpet looks as of late. (Aka that AHmazing Oscar look, that Grammy moment, & the stop and gaze pause that got me gaga for Gaga at the Golden Globes.) His second RTW collection can be described as Chic, Confident and 70’s centric for a classic girl with avant-garde taste. This collection displays his keen eye for flattering silhouettes and his expertise in blending structure with design to make the dress fit in all the right places. During the show Lady Gaga even showed her support by flying all the way from LA right after her epic performance at this years 2016 Grammy awards to be present for her dear friend and creative extraordinaire. Outside of Gaga’s support Maxwell is known as a strong contender within the fashion world and has already signed to be sold at the illustrious Bergdorf Goodman this upcoming season. He is also being hailed as this year’s best new designer at the upcoming L..A. Fashion Awards, which will also be honoring fashion giants Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld.
Check out the article on Hollywoodreporter.com.
Check out his collection by viewing the video below and be ready to hear Maxwell’s name a lot more. I believe we have only seen a small fraction of he’s capable of doing.