We have had the opportunity to view Dutch RicLamar's previous designs and capsule collections featured in area shows but this past show was a slightly different experience. This was “Speaking Dutch” from start to finish. The Virginia designer celebrated 10 years in his career of fashion to a full house of self proclaimed Dutch Dolls eager to see the newest design to hit the runway. Some attendees were even able to take a piece of Dutch home with them as the event host pointed out a rack of designs fresh off the runway for the bargain price of $40. Dutch is known for a wide range of looks, there isn’t a box large enough to fit his perspective into so we simply won’t try. What we can say for a fact is the quality and craftsmanship he maintains is stellar so even a “as is” rack of Dutch designs is still a golden buy.
Guest entered the Mambo Room Cultural Dance and Event Center to 10 statuesque models dawning all green designs on the runway by handpicked designers to bring awareness to Glaucoma. The show started on time being hosted by his sister Katrina Brown whom kept the crowd in laughter over the course of the evening.
Show kick off gave way to what you will see as a perfect beginning to an ode of “ying and yang”. Models flowed down the runway in all black gowns, separates, minis and more to a custom song “Black is the color of my true loves hair!” From Jumpsuits to over embellished sleeves over the course of the three collections shown the uniqueness that is Dutch oozes but with close attention there is so much more he wants you to see. A not so subtle air of empowerment, equality, freedom to love, believe and just be who you are over took the room but if you know Dutch, he and the word subtle aren’t used in the same sentence. Why blend in when you are made to stand out, right?
The first scene closed out with a contemporary and very much so lyrically influenced solo performance by Dominique Buffington to that same custom song.
Second scene had everyone moving in their seats as each model took turns cruising the runway in a black and white custom piece while jamming with a Tambourine, which in turn was the theme and title of the scene. From tambourines and fashion that moved to a finale that didn’t disappoint either with each queen dawning pure white garments. Might we add, impeccable hems, fit, tailoring and all around everything you would look for and expect in a high fashion designer but again, we recommend don’t put this designer in any of the known boxes you are used to seeing as he will rebel every time as he only artistically knows how to.