Earlier this week, Clandestine Industries founder and are-they/aren’t-they genre-defining pop band “Fall Out Boy” member Pete Wentz promised via his Twitter account (@petewentz) that his Style 360-sponsored Fall 2010 unisex clothing line debut would be a break from the usual: "This isnt gonna be a show. expect some drinks and some loud music. and maybe a familiar model or two," he said.
He made good at Stage 37, a warehouse venue tucked away at Bryant Park, perfect for a combination of Wentz’ music and fashion roots, in one spellbinding performance.
While the red carpet was decidedly C-list, a fedora-clad Ashlee Simpson-Wentz looked on as models debuted a line of clever T-shirts and youthful rock frocks that are certain to be a hit with both the pop-punk audience of Wentz devotees, and fashionistas looking for a fresh new take on everyday streetwear.
Standout looks included an unexpected foray into the little red dress and a charming hoodie homage to the acid-washed look of the 1980s (both pictured below).
Appropriately, the runway extravaganza finished with a medley tribute to Michael Jackson by Bad Rabbits, the Boston hip-hop fusion band that provided the live soundtrack for the runway, at which point Wentz– wearing a strait jacket and hockey mask– was wheeled out on a furniture dolly.
If this is what the designer meant by “not a show”, we’re curious to see what he would’ve done had he actually tried.
-Reporting by Rebecca Cooper
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