Text: Alec Coiro
Photo: Akiko Ichikawa
Spring/Summer 2019 is the brand’s 17th collection to date. She show took place in a pre-gentrified Bushwick space with lawn chairs set out for seating, and chipped paint on the walls. The music was provided by The Young People’s Orchestra, a collection of musicians who are very young indeed.
I think the venue and the show, while certainly something different from the typical NYFW fare, also nicely reflects the particularities of the brand and the collection. Even the chipping paint of the space’s support columns nicely reflects the textured look of many of the pieces in the collection. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta also come from a retail background (in a sense), running a store in East Hollywood. I think that background give them an immediate sense of who they are designing for and what this customer wants, and this sense is reflected on the runway. I think they know that what the people they are designing for want is not more of the same. The collection strikes me as clothes that you can wear to work if we’re talking about the workplace in the most contemporary sense.
Akiko Ichikawa’s photos from the Eckhaus Latta show in Bushwick last week pay particular attention to the brown-and-white pants patterned pants, and a set of tartan skirt, coat, and jacket that were not quite tartan. Ichikawa also captures a ensemble that is feels acid-washed in elegantly casual way. The pieces are all expertly tailored, but the unique texturing of many of the pieces is what stood out for me.