The Músed SS18 collection “Divine Love Letter” is inspired by a dark period followed by hope. Symbolically, Jones is channeling angels, lions, gold, space, and the zodiac—all things ethereal, regal and elegant. The fabrics are airy organza and satin with heavy embroideries in colors of blue and gold champagne. There is an edge to the work, as in past collections, that juxtaposes opposites to question why people subscribe to false binaries. Sponsors for the show included with CHANDON and Label.m, Matthew Curtis for Hair, Jenny Smith for Makeup and Teresa King for Nails.
Backstage at Músed, which showed on September 8, at General Theological Seminary located on the grounds of The High Line Hotel, the entire show itself resounded with the designer’s message of a new divinity.
But what does that mean? “I can’t be on the front lines protesting and fighting like I like to,” Jones says. “I have a family. But traditionally fashion and art have been able to sneak in messages of counter culture, and that’s what I’m doing.” By divinity, the designer means the infinite potential for hope, even in times of darkness.
Models included ’90s supermodel Sibyl Buck, Jones’ mentor and longtime friend. Buck, 45, was a staple for Jean Paul
Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano and a counterpart to Christy Turlington et al.
For Buck, it was important to walk for a label that is putting energy into the notion of inclusivity. “For a production at such a high aesthetic level like [ Músed by Lindsay Jones SS18] it’s spiritually moving to see inclusion in the casting.” Buck walked with her daughter, emerging model, Puma Rose Buck, 16. “The message was, there’s a place for you here.”