Rosetta Getty – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
Let’s play a game. Pretend there’s a million dollars sitting in escrow somewhere, waiting to be awarded to the first person who can guess the starting point of Rosetta Getty’s new collection. Spoiler alert: No one wins. After all, who on earth would have thought that her sprightly latest outing took its initial cue from one of Chantal Joffe’s paintings of her daughter Esme? Designers’ minds work in mysterious ways. Getty, for her part, said that Joffe’s painting resonated because of her relationship with her own 13-year-old daughter, and that in turn got her thinking about the way her daughter will steal into Mom’s closet and repurpose her clothes. Getty wanted, she said, to make a collection full of pieces that “cross generations.”
Background, schmackground. What about those clothes? Well, the fact that Getty was tuning in to a more youthful energy meant that her lineup felt much less languorous than in previous seasons. There was a pop and pithiness to be found in the knit mariner stripes, cigarette pants, and madras plaids. The same could be said for the Japanese denim and pieces in leather, both materials new to the brand. The punchiness of these looks was balanced by some poetry, however. Sometimes it came from a gesture, like the cape back on a striped poncho top, and sometimes it was found in a material, like Getty’s ropy crochet. But all in all, this collection emphasized bounce. She was testing the horizons of her aesthetic, seeing if it could inhabit a new mood.