This "Twin Peaks"-inspired runway show would make Audrey Horne proud
Count the fashion set among those who are giddy to see the return of Twin Peaks, the ’90s masterpiece created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. There are plenty of fans waiting with bated breath for the return of the third season, but perhaps the most excited person is Massimo Georgette, the designer behind MSGM, whose Fall 2017 collection was influenced by the show. Inspiration was drawn from the fictional Washington town and its inhabitants, like Audrey Horne, Donna Hayward and the infamous owls who are never what they seem.
For Massimo, this dance was played out with bold graphics — like those inspired by the vegetation and terrain of Twin Peaks. Images of trees were plastered atop silk dresses with puffed sleeves in baby pink, teal, and crimson, as well as on knitted sweaters in canary yellow, purple, and dusty pink. There were also plenty of references to Twin Peaks High School, with varsity jackets making their appearance in black-and-white and mustard-yellow-and-navy, worn with a satin midi dress in a loud floral print of the same color.
Chevrons were plenty, mimicking the floor of the Black Lodge. The collection also included thermals laden with graphics referencing the iconic symbol in Owl Cave. There was even a suit in the same crimson as the Red Room in the Black Lodge, exaggerated with sharp shoulders that Josie Packard would have loved.
This collection, however, doesn’t imitate the proportions or aesthetic of the cult classic. And why should it? The whole glamour of Twin Peaks is that you never quite know what’s going on. The subtle nods to the show — like that of the “blue rose,” a reoccurring motif and codename for special cases investigated by Special Agent Dale Cooper and Chester Diamond — helped unify the runway presentation.
Twin Peaks has always been a fashion statement. Donna Hayward was never seen without some sort of sweater and the Log Lady was nearly married to her red glasses frames and log, after all.
Audrey Horne’s transformation from schoolgirl to femme fatale was reflected in her transition from sweater sets, tartan skirts, and saddle shoes to plunging LBDs and red pumps. And let’s not forget Agent Coopers impeccable suits and classic trench, Leo Johnson’s denim jacket and rat tail, or Josie Packard and Audrey Horne’s classic crimson pouts.
This is a show whose characters defined themselves, intentionally or not, by the way they expressed themselves — and this doesn’t exclude style.
It only makes sense that in a day and age where the world feels like a real life Black Lodge, designers like Massimo are turning towards the supernatural for inspiration. The town of Twin Peaks may not exist, but the twisted, dark fantasy it represents certainly does. Through exuberant styling choices, bold colors, and plenty of delicious fabrics, MSGM is giving the next generation of Twin Peaks lovers the ability to define themselves, whether they’re Donnas, Audreys, or even owls.
Don’t forget to tune in to Showtime on May 21st to catch the third season of Twin Peaks — extra points if you watch while eating some pie and drinking a damn fine cup of coffee.