Wednesday, 10 September 2014


New York Fashion Week has been spilling with etherealness. We have gone down the rabbit hole with Thom Browne, under the sea with Rodarte and into a poetically nostalgic version of the ‘70s with BCBG Max Azria. This creation of fantasy worlds has been completely fine with me. Going back to school has been a drag although I am enjoying the subjects I decided to keep on for A-Level. Nonetheless, I would rather be daydreaming about what one does when wearing a shimmery punk mermaid gown created by the Mulleavy sisters. (Probably rock up to a party with a hot merman punk boyfriend and trade stories of what it feels like to get eight piercings in each eyebrow.)

I love collections that are otherworldly because they have more of a narrative than collections that seem to fulfil the purpose of “looking good” without any wider context. However, when a model walks out in something like the Thom Browne look above it makes you think “oooh I wonder where she’s been and where she’s going?” It is so brilliantly eccentric that it inspires all kind of ideas. When collections are based around fiction it means that there are a lot less boundaries for the designers. They can go wherever they want with it.

An unearthly collection would not be the same without the right setting and soundtrack. This is something that I have been noticing more this season than ever before. Flicking through some photographs on is all well and good, but in order to appreciate the way that the clothes move and get a closer understanding of what it would be like to wear them, you must watch the show. I usually like a collection much more after watching it in motion. Alexander Wang’s collection, for example, looks okay in the photos, but just okay. Watch the runway video, however, and it is absolute magic. The soundtrack and the models’ walks make the clothes appear really empowering. Also there is Alexander Wang cuteness at the end when he runs down the runway beaming. You can really tell how proud he is that it has all come together and it’s truly inspiring.

In 2008 Tavi Gevinson had a week where she dressed as book characters. And yes I know that because I spend a lot of nights going through old posts on The Style Rookie. Clockwise from left: Pippy Longstockings, Blanche Dubois and Violet from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I am more attracted to dressing like a writer than a book character. However, suits and similar outfits can get boring. I do think of flowing chiffon dresses when I think of poetry.

Prabal Gurung's Fall 2011 collection was inspired by the heartbroken would-be bride Miss Havisham from Dickens' "Great Expectations." Fashion can be linked to every aspect of culture. This web of inspiration just keeps going. 

1 comment:

  1. I looveee the seapunk and menswear looks here!


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