Fashion Week is back in full force, and thereâ€™s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and youâ€™ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. Every day weâ€™ll spotlight one thing we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.
Just when you think the tie-dye trend may have faded â€” following an early-pandemic surge, when throwback D.I.Y. projects provided a welcome distraction from the hellish reality of confinement â€” it returns in the most unlikely of places.
Batsheva isnâ€™t exactly known for the relaxed, summery, granola vibes associated with tie-dye. The designer Batsheva Hay typically swings toward the other direction of the 1960s and 1950s, with house dresses, dainty floral vintage patterns and structured, full-coverage gowns. At her show on Friday (held at Serendipity 3, that pastel-colored, hot chocolate-slinging, tourist-beloved cafe on the Upper East Side), she gave several models big bouffant wigs and thick cat-eye makeup.
The look wasnâ€™t at all chill â€” nor did it need to be â€” which is what made the appearance of tie-dye tights on Ms. Hayâ€™s runway so surprising. Models wore them beneath Batshevaâ€™s signature prairie dresses and cropped pants in several color combinations, like lime green and white, pink and red, and black and blue.
The tie-dye tights werenâ€™t just a styling choice: Though the label has never made tights before, it plans on producing them for spring 2022. The idea came to Ms. Hay when she saw tie-dye stockings while researching 1950s advertisements. The tights on the runway used Rit All-Purpose Dye and were made by a staffer in her bathroom after work. Like many aspects of pandemic life, D.I.Y. hasnâ€™t gone anywhere.