style file: Trager Delaney’s Twisted Spring Tale

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Oct 7th 2013, 22:00, by

Trager Delaney

Less than two years after graduation from Central Saint Martins, London-based design duo Kim Trager (the bearded, Danish one) and Lowell Delaney (the statuesque British blonde) are embarking on a third season. And they’re armed with a few pieces that seem set to become house classics. Not bad for a partnership that began when they both landed in the knitwear department “by default.” “It’s not what either one of us ever wanted to do; we hated the idea,” recalls Delaney. “Now, we know that it’s a way of creating fabric, which is the best thing ever. You have total control. Actually, you have to be a little insane.”

Considering the up-and-comers are already stocked at Joseph and, insanity seems to be working for them. And true to form, this season’s storyline is a little nutty. Trager Delaney’s heroine shuttles from the Black Forest in Germany to orphan-hood, convent school, rebellion, and misadventure in the seamier side of Hollywood, until she finds redemption in the arms of a handsome, older prince and the high-gloss world of artists, thinkers, and material comfort. It bears hearing out, though, because on the rack, the narrative becomes beautifully uncomplicated. Highlights include a white bomber jacket in laser-cut, woven suede, halter dresses with velvet trim, rebooted cargo pants, roomy silk shirts with slit backs that allow them to be worn tucked or un- and tied in front, and a black jacket with a custom baroque print. This piece, upon closer inspection, reveals key elements from our Spring femme’s life, right down to a goat and an Adonis on a raft. And the teal bomber? “That’s our Tom Cruise,” says Delaney. “Beautiful but a little spooky.”

—Tina Isaac-Goizé

Trager Delaney Spring '14

Photo: Courtesy of Trager Delaney

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