Sunday, November 1, 2009


Douglas Reker is akin to the elusive fashion wunderkind we dream of discovering on a daily basis. Like many of the designers we introduce at Debut, Reker is a dyed in the wool creative force with old world technique, which he uses to further the exploration of modern processes.

Reker is a master with prints having forged his hand creating “surface embellishment” at a few illustrious posts following graduation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Fortunately for the consumer public he returned to the art of complete garment design, and has since rendered three collections (the Autumn/Winter 2009 “Tiny Things” collection currently residing in Debut is his third). His developing signature is a blend of architectural and natural ease with a passing nod at tradition en route to alluring flights of fancy.

Take for instance “Tiny Things” where whimsy and a slightly dark take on glamour are at play: a perfectly weighted jersey is infused with a light as air lace and ivy print. The tactile appearance, smooth hand and partially-obscured mini characters that surface as if from a trick of the eye game offer a teasing, if subtle glimpse at a story. As to what the story is lies between the wearer and her garment. And what garments these are – mini dresses of layered, scalloped jersey and cap-sleeved angular sheaths trimmed in leather that recall Tippi Hedren if she roamed our SoHo streets today.

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