Last night at Root Studios in Chelsea, designer Rachel Antonoff debuted her latest collection titledBetty and Veronicain 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 ofthe two frenemies — who were alwayscompeting forArchie’s affections.
Thecollaboration withArchie Comics was a perfect fit for the 35-year-old designer, who is known for her vintage looksand cheeky statement tees.
In place of sweaters emblazoned withthe femalereproductive systemlike Antonoff’s collection last season, letter jackets, bathing suits and spaghetti strap dresses were adornedwithgraphics of Betty and Veronica and retro comic lettering.
“Arrested Development” actress Alia Shawkat wore apink sequined mini-skirt with mini-hearts and exclamations in the style of the classic ’50s comic—”Boing!” “Smack!” “Smooch!”— and a cropped black statement sweateralluding to Archie as”that red-headed rat fink.”
In the performance,modelsplayed teenage girlsslut 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!