The Alternative Fashion Society Debuts with Animal Royale at Crescent Ballroom
|Photo by Ryan Wolf, ensemble by Catrina LaDell|
Not that anything at Animal Royale could've been classified as "normal." (For full visuals, hit up our slideshow.)
The nine designers in the Alternative Fashion Society specialize in kinky, quirky creations including lingerie (a lot of lingerie -- with enough pasties to cover the nips of every local burlesque troupe), swimwear, costumery, and party duds.
|Photo by Ryan Wolf, ensemble by Hell on Heels Couture|
A few designers stood out in the parade of boobs, butts, and bared bellies, bucking the night's trends including samey onesies, overused glittery tulle, lamé, and the seemingly endless pairs of pasties.
Here's the thing: We're all for experimental fashion, but, to be perfectly honest, some of the designs -- in spite of their bold, balls-out sexiness -- lacked imagination.
Where we looked for pushed boundaries we found designers limiting themselves conceptually. Where shocking cuts, colors, and concepts could've left our jaws dropping, we became borderline desensitized to repetitive ideas.