Fresh off their CFDA Award win, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty have a new collection for Suno, and—spoiler alert—it's gorgeous.
Of course, so was their front row, which included actress Greta Gerwig, basketball star Tyson Chandler and his wife Kimberly, and celebrity stylist June Ambrose. But before their first model floated down the runway, ELLE.com interviewed the design duo backstage.
Nicholas Kirkwood made slide sandals for your collection. But you've paired them with at-the-knee hemlines, or sometimes even lower. What if you're short?
Max Osterweis: Does that scare you?
Erin Beatty: Do you think we're pushing it? That's cool! I think there's something about this collection's shapes. They're very geometric and they maintain their shape and their structure on your body, and so you've just gotta do it with confidence. You've got to embrace the fact that these dresses are going to wear you a little bit. You're a vehicle for this outfit. You're getting bigger and bigger...
Osterweis: Oh no! I've been running all summer!
No, your line is getting bigger. It's in all these street style shots, it's on the red carpet...
Osterweis: Yes! I've seen it on the street, even on the subway.
Beatty: Personally, I'm trying to keep Suno off the red carpet.
Osterweis: Red carpet is sometimes—often—a little boring. So it's not necessarily who we are, although there are looks in this collection that could work for red carpet and they're not boring!
Beatty: But it's been very cool seeing Suno on the street. It's so cool, because the whole point of the line is for women to create these crazy beautiful things that women can wear their own way. And that's the whole point of our clothes!
What are you doing tomorrow?
Beatty: Well Max gets to go to the country, but I have to keep working, because I'm consulting at Tory Burch!
True or false: Your studio caught on fire yesterday.
Beatty: False, but it was so dramatic.
Osterweis: One of our assistants called my phone and said she couldn't get into our studio. She said there were fire trucks outside, so I walked to the staircase, and it smelled like smoke and there were a bunch of people from the upper floorsrunning down the staircase.
Beatty: I don't think it smelled like smoke, I think Max thought it did because we were making these plastic necklaces for the collection—
Osterweis: No, no, no, Erin, that is not what I was smelling, I was smelling real smoke, and I'll tell you why: The mechanical room for our freight elevator had caught on fire. There were flames coming out of our building. The street was filled with fire trucks. But luckily—
Beaty: They were on the nineteenth floor and we were on the fourth. So we had to evacuate, but as soon as we got down to the street, I said, "Max, why didn't we grab the clothes!" I was so scared the sprinklers would go on. But we were okay.
Osterweis: They kept us out of the building for 45 minutes and then they let us back. During the New York earthquake, we had to evacuate a fashion shoot...
Osterweis: Oh, I knew we had to evacuate our studio when I looked up and saw our disco ball shaking. I said, "Hey, I'm from the West Coast, I know what's about to happen—let's get out of here!"
Interview from ELLE.com
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