Who is Renee Bardot and how does she know so much about
Blaxpoitation films, Watergate tapes, Vietnam news coverage and funky 70's music
icons? Nevertheless these elements grooved together effortlessly to create one
of the most cohesive shows all week. Set as a gallery performance piece (styled
by downtown's artist-in-residence Eve) afro-wearing models channeled Cleo Patra
and got down to the hard riffs of Rick James while Pimp Daddy handlers in
eyeliner and boas looked on, then escorted them out.
The funky doyenne presented a glittery feast of fashionable pottage,
with slightly 20's inspired silhouettes, including drop-waist dresses
with delicate beading and references to early swimsuits. The show flaunted
attitude and drew a colorful crowd, mostly due to its tight styling,
incense-infused ambience and clever pre-show glam-sploitation marketing. An
energetic, original and welcome reprieve from the standard runway format.