On day one of New York Fashion Week, Japanese costume designer Tomo Koizumi showed a spectacular range rainbow-colored couture dresses in a theatrical performance at the Marc Jacobs store on Madison Avenue. After a buzzy foray onto the NYFW scene for Fall 2019, showgoers like myself expected an extravagant presentation as we lined the illuminated stairways and mirrored walls in anticipation.
With a brightly lit showroom and sleek silver racks of electric couture gowns before us, 17-year-old model Ariel Nicholson stepped into the light in the first look - a voluminous gown that cascaded down her frame in an ombré palette of seafoam green, daffodil and lemony yellow, all the way to a zingy chartreuse. Punctuated by a slick, cone-shaped hairstyle and glittering gold and purple makeup by Pat McGrath, the theatrical number instantly felt like a costume made for Lady Gaga (particularly during the her Art Pop era).
But the theatrics didn't stop there. After prancing, twirling, and undulating about the spotlighted showroom floor, Nicholson slipped out of her couture gown with the help of dressing assistants (revealing a satiny black unitard) and into the next gown - a deep sky blue, ingido, and lime green confection with a bird-like aesthetic that way only amplified by the model interpretive wing flaps and body sways.
With five more costume changes to follow, which included a tiered bridal white frock (with veil!) and poufy black swan-esque dress to finish, the dramatic show concluded, leaving each and every attendee in awe. Ahead, witness all six of the showstopping looks for yourself from every angle. We'll be standing by waiting for Lady Gage to take one for a spin on the red carpet.