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A Punk Rock Anna Nicole Smith at Eric Schlösberg SS17 [NYFW]

If the name Eric Schlösberg sounds familiar, that’s because it should. He was formerly one half of the naughty, Lolita-inspired brand Ammerman Schlösberg—and today, he showed his second season from his solo, namesake label after branching off on his own. And whereas in the past, only traces of his Goth, dirty-side-of-the-‘90s temperament could be glimpsed in his designs, now it was front and center, on full and unabashed display.

This was Schlösberg’s aesthetic, through and through—a collection littered with punk rock and grunge references, teeming with shimmering mini-dress-and-patent-leather-boot pairings that we could easily see Courtney Love wearing back in her heyday as Hole frontwoman. “I love having all the creative freedom and being able to call all the shots,” he told us, and—if we’re being honest—we love it too.

The Song Picks That Made Us Want to Commandeer the Catwalk…

Aptly scored by Curve and Hole themselves, the show was honestly just that—a show, complete with a burlesque-looking set and hair and makeup to match. And it left us smitten.

It’s in the Details… 

To complement the brooding, romantic collection and set, the models flaunted heavy and heavily contoured beauty looks. The word “extreme” came to mind—a fitting description, it turned out, since the collection was, as Schlösberg told us, “heavily influenced by Anna Nicole Smith, and… the main girl in Nip Tuck, [this] young, beautiful girl who moves to L.A. to become an actress and she makes it huge, but it’s never enough. She wants to be perfect, and it’s just this strive for perfection.” The collection, he went on, “[was] kind of like the dark side of all of that.”

We Spied…

Stilettos. They came as patent leather, over-the-knee boots and were definitive proof that the precarious heel is back on the come-up.

Adding to Our Shopping Lists…

All of the patent leather boots, tbh, as well as a red lace duster coat—the perfect accessory for Morticia Addams, on Valentine’s Day.

Expert Casting…

Whoever casted the models deserves some sort of accolade. Each model went up on stage individually to showcase the clothes, and each delivered a titillating performance.

Photos taken exclusively for Milk by Marie Tomanova

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