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Last night Project Runway alum Daniel Vosovic opened his sophisticated and print-heavy Spring/Summer 2011 collection with a short film tentatively-titled Final Girl and produced by film-making collective Porter Panther. It followed a slightly-manic young woman attempting to escape a camping trip gone wrong and wearing Daniel V. clothes fashioned from camping-friendly fabrics. After the show we caught up with the super-friendly young designer back stage—as said short film begins a trek across the film festival circuit.
The prints in the collection were fantastic: Photo-prints on silk depicting wolf and deer fur (the friendlier and frankly much more summery way of wearing fur) amongst other naturalistic patterns. Inspired in part by Elizabeth Taylor's utterly "unhinged" character in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe as well as the idea of the crazed, injured, escaping woman featured in the film (or, just any crazy bitch in your life who happens to be "having a crazy experience"); the whole collection was chic but a little off, slightly nuts, wild.
The music reflected the mood with a frantic mix of hipster jock jams, remixed funk and electro. "Summer-goth?" we asked. "Totally! Summer metal!" was his effusive reply. Using the film project and his Elizabeth Taylor fixation as fodder; he teamed up with fashion-scenester deejay Dom Rocket to create the show's "strong but dark" soundtrack. Highlights included "Dimestore Diamond" by the Gossip, "Shut Up and Let Me Go" by the Ting-Tings, and an epic Diplo remix of "California Soul."