By: Giuliana Santomauro
Considering that Rhoda Wong only graduated from the Parsons School of Design one year ago, it is only natural that her latest collection at 156 Orchard Street Gallery symbolized the transition between adolescence and adulthood.
In a story of one’s coming of age, Wong mixes the playfulness of plaids and stripes with a more sophisticated essence emitted by the use of neutral colors and asymmetrical shapes. Styling a boxy blue and white blouse with matching pants, Wong created an effortless look that radiated class. This outfit, along with all the others, was paired with school-girl inspired socks and loafers. The addition of mesh within the collection accentuated the delicacy of the designs, and created a feminine depth to traditional styles.
Again pertaining to Wong’s personal experiences, Wong felt the need to pay homage to the many different paths available in life. Alongside the juxtaposition of modern and playful motifs, each piece can be worn interchangeably with other items in the collection. Just like how many opportunities may present themselves in life, there are many ways to style a skirt, dress or jacket. Wong showed this by incorporating knit hats into the outfits within the collection. While hats are typically associated with winter, they transcended this role by adding a youthful quality to Wong’s spring collection.
The most captivating part of the collection was buried deep in the gallery. Pale pink dresses perfectly captured the timeless feel of the collection, set up in front of a single piece of red cloth hung on the wall. Two contrasting designs - one a high neck and the other a 1950’s style bustier - came together in a blend of grace and sophistication.
With models wearing minimal, yet glowing, makeup, and hair done simply in low ponytails, Rhoda Wong effectively transformed the innocence of adolescence into the elegance of adulthood.