We have a boycott on the runway, as models flood the floor with signs and high spirits: “Adopt a dog.” “John the revolution.” “Lib love for life.” “Bernie for eva.” “Women’s rights for eva.” “Feel the Bern.” Designer of Libertine, Johnson Hartig, shows us his energy and liveliness every season! Inspired by modern art, culture and a revolutionary frame of mind, Hartig takes us through a colorful and trippy journey. Libertine describes itself as “graphic illuminations teamed with sublime screen printing techniques and an avant-garde approach to deconstruction by way of customizing recycled items, thus breathing new life into designs from yesteryear.” Johnson Hartig’s creativity is anything but simple.
For Men and Women’s Fall/Winter 2016, Libertine stuns us with lace, beaded graphic art, and colorful fur. Rhinestone patchwork smothers everything from deep plunging neckline dresses to tweed pant coats with fur cuffs, to cropped tapered pants. Even the sheer tights have rhinestones and studs. For menswear we glimpse at colorful sequined joggers, hoodies, and graphic tees, paired with classic black All Star Converse. Sticking to an expressive vision, Libertine’s brilliant hairdos embrace a side braid with 7-10 sequined bows scattered in no particular order to the back of the head. As for shoes, colorful tassels hang from ‘strappy’ sandals. The black fur collared cape with “Time for Love” printed on the back, as well as the boxy hot pink fur coat, leave one in awe. Once again, Libertine’s collection is surreal and vivid.