Press: Hint-Shoptart / 01.04/ Murder Conviction
Inspired by the macabre mystery surrounding JonBenet Ramsey and the notorious English murderess Myra Hindley, Patrik Rzepski applies bruising and burial treatments to his spring 04 collection, mimicking the unsightly appearance of unearthed victims. The neo-gothic sensibility of the 20-year-old designer—who's been likened to a still wet-behind-the-ears Alexander McQueen—is a refreshing trip to dark side, far from the cloyingly rose-colored view of other young upstarts. A noble attempt to restore lost innocence? "Yes," he says, "but in the end they still end up six feet under." By special order, 212-844-9014. -Meridith Rohana