Since relocating to New York two seasons ago, Stærk has introduced new, more American ideas to her clothes, while maintaining their essential Stærk-ness. Jolts of graphic color, sharp, unexpected proportions, and uncluttered ease marked her Spring ’07 show, which was inspired by the heroines of “Twin Peaks” and cited by Refinery 29 as one of the season’s highlights. Fall ’08 brings Stærk full circle:
Taking the sculptor Louise Nevelson as her muse, Stærk’s new collection titled “Bride of the Black Moon” sees the designer returning to her beloved noir palette and reinvesting herself in the luxurious textures of leather and lace.
“I stumbled upon a photo of her,” Stærk recalls of her introduction to Nevelson. “And for reasons I can’t quite explain, I was immediately to drawn in. There was a strength, and a mystery. Then, when I began looking into her work, the connection was just as immediate the work is quite dark, and textural; there’s something preconscious about the power it exerts. Louise Nevelson showed me,” continues Stærk, “that there is another way of being an American, and a New Yorker. You channel the energy of the city through yourself, your own personality and obsessions. This collection is a tribute to her, but really, she brought me back to me.”
Stærk’s Fall ’08 show is co-sponsored by the Gen Art Fashion Fund. This is the first season the prize has been awarded.