“I really love weapons. I scare boys when I bring them back to my place, because I have so many weapons all over my apartment – and also serial killer books,” designer Heidi Gardner explained during last evening’s unrivaled Amour D’Armour presentation. Blonde, waif-like, and spectacularly twisted, the artist who collects ninja stars and shuriken strikes in her New York apartment is an unexpected vision.
“I just want to make things that can hurt people. No, wait - I guess I mean… defend people,” Heidi Gardner corrected during her showing at Toshi’s Penthouse. After surviving the mayhem of Hurricane Katrina, the designer found a void she wanted to fill in jewelry – a dual purpose of protection.
Her presentation titled, “Tribal Sacrifice. Rock & Roll. Offal.,” included live S&M scenes, a hungry-looking rocker couple, and the label’s name written in powder on a mirror. A display of piercing rings and adorned leather headbands surrounded a writhing model that was loosely bound to the ceiling. Downstairs, guests could find a tray of severed goat parts while enjoying the energetic live band.
In the red glow of Toshi’s Penthouse, Heidi Gardner ushers in a new fashion regime, restoring the challenge, inimitability, and theatrics that this industry has been craving for seasons. '
Post by Amanda LaMela