What do you get when you combine name plate necklaces, rhinestone beards, and yards of satin? That’s what Area designers Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Pansczczyk asked this season with their standout spring 2020 collection.
Daring to go where few designers could, they dreamt up looks that somehow bridged the gaps between the 90s ballroom scene, 50s couture, and 2010s Instagram culture.
The collection really had it all. Shoulders and skirts with poufs out to there. Downright elegant jumpsuits and shirtdresses in eyelet lace or lasercut vinyl. Golden crinolines, panniers, and shoulder pads worn above pantsuits.
Riotous? Absolutely. But masterfully done? Even more so. Beneath the of-the-moment sparkle, there were perfectly cut blazers with just the right wiggle room, party dresses that could work on ages 16 to 60, and skirt suits that updated the classic Chanel look for the post-Lagerfeld era.