Originally Posted by LA Guy
The Plokhov video was interesting. It's like he took his earliest, tailoring inspired collections, which sort of geek-chic, and then mixed it up with the styling that he apparently learned from Robert Geller (according to people who have worked with both, Plokhov was the tailoring guy, but the guy who really understood zeitgeist was Geller, ironically.) The collections that people rave about, like Cloak 04, apparently, were highly influenced by Geller. I'm pretty interested in seeing the full collection. Definitely looks like stuff I'll wear. Maybe I'll wear Phlokov and Geller together and see if the pieces don't explode from the supposed conflict between the two.
Raf, I dunno. I never liked his stuff, neither his early protest and youth subculture collections, which I found to be juvenile, at best, nor his later futurist collections, which, for me, seemed to have been stuck in a 60's cheesy movie version of 2010. I mean, neoprene boleros and velcro?
I went to school with Geller and dressed his models for his senior collection and I will say that my favorite collections from Cloak were definitely the Geller collections, it's easy to tell what choices were his. He has always had a very distinct sensibility where it's like a constant cycle from bright+fun to dark and serious. Of course Cloak was never brightly colored, but when they were using a lot of the the washed out purples and blues, that was clearly a Geller color palette.
I do like the Plokhov collection though, but it's pretty clearly different from a lot of the Cloak stuff.