Last night at Root Studios in Chelsea, designer Rachel Antonoff debuted her latest collection titled Betty and Veronica in a live comic performance written by Lena Dunham. A backdrop that read "Archie's Girls" with the "Archie" crossed out and replaced by "Nobody's" set the stage for what was essentially a modern feminist take on the classic tale of the two frenemies — who were always competing for Archie's affections.
The collaboration with Archie Comics was a perfect fit for the 35-year-old designer, who is known for her vintage looks and cheeky statement tees.
In place of sweaters emblazoned with the female reproductive system like Antonoff's collection last season, letter jackets, bathing suits and spaghetti strap dresses were adorned with graphics of Betty and Veronica and retro comic lettering.
"Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat wore a pink sequined mini-skirt with mini-hearts and exclamations in the style of the classic '50s comic—"Boing!" "Smack!" "Smooch!"— and a cropped black statement sweater alluding to Archie as "that red-headed rat fink."
In the performance, models played teenage girls slut shaming "Nancy" and spreading rumors about her and a boy named "Tommy," set to apropos tunes like Salt-n-Pepa's "None of your business" and "All the Things She Said" by T.A.T.U. Dunham's script, which modernized the comic with contemporary slang and text-speak, was written on drop down cardboard text bubbles that were switched out for every scene.
By the end of the show, the girls learn the rumors were unfounded and bond with each other, vowing to "never listen to petty gossip again."
Check out images from the show in the slideshow above!