Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Deconstructing the urban uniform

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So I am fully aware that you have probably already absorbed a fair share of NYFW visuals, Mister W. being the prime suspect in terms of coverage overload, I'm sure. But you see, I simply cannot refrain from looking at this skilful fusion between graphic structure and abstract fluidity.

As usual, strong, tough pieces walked the Alexander Wang runway in the now familiar parade of urban uniform must-haves. The parka. The t-shirt. The board short. Wang to a T. Or was it? Something way more exciting than your average ghetto-chic happened on that runway. Something that was casually hinted at last fall, when Wang unexpectedly took the plunge from downtown cool to casual lux, with more dramatic design and new materials. Something that came into its own with the above spring/summer collection. And is it just me, or are optical illusions now the go-to trend for young, trendy, baddass' designers? First Tisci's wonderful trouser leg cut-off boots. Now, floating leather. Panels all perfectly sliced and taken apart, only to be put back together in sharp right angles. All very minimalistic, but with such mesmerizing (invisible) detailing as to render each piece overwhelmingly unique and interesting. It may be sporstwear, and it may be clean-cut, but it is not basic. That it is not.

Meanwhile, on the girls' feet a whole other story is happening. Is it a boot? Is it a sandal? Whatever the label, it is major and unlike anything you would normally choose to dress your feet in. Also worth noting, colour plays no part here. In fact, and despite this being the sunny season offering, even the hip designer's recurring splashes of deep purple and acid neon were nowhere to be seen. Or so we thought until the lights dimed to reveal the grande finale in all its splendour. If that showstopping conclusion is anything to go by, and I am correct in thinking that if we do buy into this reconstructed deconstructed silhouette come springtime we will also glow in the dark, then I cannot wait to see next season's runway captures by Style.com, with FROW fireflies dotted around the room. Genius.

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23 comments:

  1. great pics!
    fran

    NEW LOOK: PARADISE
    http://showroomdegarde.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/paradise.html

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  2. this entire collection is out of thise world! love it...xo, ALma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  3. Je suis complètement fascinée par ces formes flottantes... c'est une collection parfaite.

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  4. Awesome collection!

    www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  5. uber cool! :))
    xx
    http://shaveilachic.blogspot.com/

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  6. O god, this looks sooooo cool!

    www.fashioncontainer.com

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  7. Its so different! But I like it!

    HUGS
    Mr J.Kane
    http://mrkanerule.blogspot.com

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  8. i love this so much, blogged about it the other day as soon as i saw it, just so perfect, i need some floating leather garments lol xx

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  9. I so in love with this collection, it's amazing!
    and so is your blog ;)

    Rikke, http://blackblack-bird.blogspot.dk

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  10. This collection is awesome. I'm especially enamored by the shoes that go straight up the leg. Those are genius. xx

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  11. some constructive criticism i feel is important. your voice it is lacking in authenticity. use a voice that is your own not a voice that you think the people will want to read. the best, bixx

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    1. Hey bi,

      thanks for the (constructive) criticism. I feel what you say is unfair though, since I am always as authentic as ever seeing as I only write about what I care, and in the way that I feel like. This might read more like a runway report, but that is because that is what it is... But practice makes perfect and fortunately for me there are plenty more shows to review.. Just hope you like the next commentary more.

      Cx

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  12. He killed it with that floating leather, he had no need for color, I loved it!
    Check out my new blog:http://www.asparklyhanger.blogspot.ro/

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  13. I loved this collection. That model in your first picture is Kayley Chabot, whom I know from my hometown and from helping style her in photo shoots. (She's only 15!) Lucky girl!

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  14. Looks great!

    http://turn-it-insideout.blogspot.com/

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  15. the show was really great..although i am not a huge fan of wang..but those shoes are wow! :D

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  16. Yes it is amazing, love the glow in the dark effect:)

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  17. hadn't seen these yet! the cut-details are really interesting

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  18. Moi aussi j'ai particulièrement aimé les défilés de Wang et de Jason Wu!

    http://asilisa.blogspot.fr

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  19. Great stuff. I was inspired & added some of your finds to my Scifi Fashion Pinterest page!
    http://pinterest.com/downandnerdy/scifi-fashion/

    (Goes with this article: http://www.scifiheaven.net/2012/09/no-jeans-and-t-shirts-for-these-ladies-they-come-from-the-future/)

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  20. What a fabulous collection!

    Vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

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