I admit - until they were named a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, I hadn't really heard of Creatures of the Wind. But I am so glad I know about them now. Seriously, how can you not love a design duo who uses a 17th Century book about elves and fairies as their inspiration?
That's exactly what Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, the Chicago-based designers behind the line, did for fall. The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies, written by Robert Kirk, a Scottish Episcopalian minister, collects his parishioners' tales of the supernatural (how bad do you want this book!?). The clothes Gabier and Peters sent down the runway - tailored trousers, fuzzy mohair sweaters, lots of colorful leather, plenty of plaid - looked like they were just as inspired by magical beings as the humans who came into contact with them. Eccentric and whimsical with an incredible attention to detail (there's a button-down blouse embroidered with a quote from The Last Unicorn, one of my fave movies of all time), the clothes are a creative riot of textiles, textures and colors that come together in one fantastical package. See the complete collection here.