Eckhaus Latta designers, Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus, split their time between New York and Los Angeles, and it shows in their collections. The four year-old brand blends the sustainable mindfulness of the West Coast, sourcing deadstock fabrics and commissioning knits to be hand-loomed locally in LA, with the cerebral, art school aesthetic of the East. Their shows lean toward performance art and their casting is reliably fantastic – eschewing the unspoken fashion rules of size, height, age and gender. Collaboration has become an integral part of the brand and this season they worked with artist Annabeth Marks on hand painted garments; Ian Horowitz, of Nanocorp Footwear, on shoes; fellow RISD alum James K on a live soundtrack; and cast friends like Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, Lena’s sister Grace Dunham, and artist Juliana Huxtable to walk in the show.
Ethereal pleated dresses came in soft lilac and red, shirting gave the sense of being artfully reworked, the duo explored denim further this season and it was covetably high-waisted and cropped. Details like transparency, fabric juxtaposition and intricate beading inspired the audience to lean in for a closer look. It was the knits, however, that stole the show. From the airy mohair midi skirts to the chunky cropped sweater with cutout sleeves and shrunken racerback tank to the updated basics like muscle tees, halter dresses and turtlenecks all in a sheer, whisper-thin wool, each was the kind of piece that stayed in your mind for both its complexity and its simplicity with a perfect balance of East and West indeed.
– Rachael Wang