It’s Arts Week here in Dallas, and don’t think that doesn’t extend to fashion, as well. Johnson Hartig, the pattern-mixing pro and founder of the Libertine label (and soon-to-be author) is in-store at Neiman Marcus Downtown to mark the induction of his line into the store. His artistic mix of graphics and embellishments make his arrival in Dallas more than timely as we take an artistic eye to all that Dallas has to offer.
Libertine pieces, which have been sold at Neiman’s sister store Bergdorf Goodman in New York City were having something of a moment, and following a jaw-dropping show at New York Fashion Week this season, Dallas’ homegrown department store wanted a piece of Hartig’s work as well.
The line is bold. The girl who wears it is “urban, sophisticated and she’s a free thinker,” he tells me. But even women at trunk shows, who seem unsure of how to insert such illustrative pieces into their wardrobe, later tell them of all the compliments they get on the street. You’ll see his pieces on women from eighteen to ninety-eight, all of whom are looking to add something celebratory to their wardrobe.
Lucky for us, Hartig will be at Neiman Marcus Downtown tomorrow from ten to four helping mix and match pieces with artist’s ease. His trunk show will be available through next Friday.
But best yet? You can sip cocktails and talk to him about his inspiration at a cocktail party from six to eight. The event is hosted alongside Ashley Pittman and Jacquelin Sewell Taylor.