Many wearables artists wear their merchandise and change regularly during show hours. Sometimes the switching of jackets or shawls was going on at such a pace that I couldn’t tell for a moment who was the customer and who the maker.
Randall Darwall, who weaves complex plaids with a luxurious feel and makes garments with partner Brian Murphy, was no exception. He made his own fashion show with vivid shirts. It was also fascinating to watch the two men pair scarves with jackets, not trying to match but to slightly shift the color conversation.
There are three interesting things about the opening of the remodeled and reinstalled American wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One is the straightforward appeal of the bright, glass-roofed sculpture court that was once a garden courtyard, and the more coherent presentation of period rooms in the once-freestanding bank building whose façade makes up one end of the space.