The concept of underwear worn as outerwear is not new to fashion. It has been around for a few seasons – we’ve spotted lingerie elements in various designer collections, promoted by celebrities, sometimes borrowed in streetstyle looks. Yet, for the Spring Summer 2016, lingerie inspiration seems more prominent than ever before.
Alexander Wang Spring 2016
In a realm which favors oversized volumes, baggy styles and genderless tailoring, I guess there is a need for softer elements. Whether it is more a matter of styling (as seen at Dries Van Noten, Vetements or Saint Laurent) or becomes an inspiration for entirely new constructions (check Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Celine), lingerie is far from exhausting its power of seduction.
Bringing lingerie into the spotlight could be also regarded as an attempt to revamp and redefine femininity in terms fashion design. Let’s see in which way all those brassiere details, frills, negligees or pajamas will impact the configuration of our wardrobes.
We know that, apart from his usual fashion collections, Alexander Wang adores designing objects. He already sells jump ropes, inflatable black pool rings, pocket chains, water bottles with holder or shot glasses with case, ashtrays or bottle openers. It seems that this time he decided to move to another level. His recent collaboration with the Australian brand Haydenshape led him to develop these marble-like surfboards displayed in Wang’s new flagship store in Soho, as part of an installation containing a black metal cage and a black wave sculpted from sand. Truth is the five surfboards adorned with different graphic patterns inspired by marble slabs may appear rather as conceptual art pieces than design objects.
Plain fabric is not enough, it never was. So, designers have decided to cut off pieces here and there. We’ve already admired these practices in the S/S collections 2012, at Prabal Gurung, Mugler and Vaccarello. The Fall collections develop the same cut out concept, as we can see at Hussein Chalayan, Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander Wang, Anthony Vaccarello and many others.
Alexander Wang, the designer of the new generation of American fashionistas, takes a step further with his T line S/S 2012 Ad Campaign. This time, he made an edgy choice picking the South African band Die Antwoord (who says he doesn’t have good taste?). The T campaign, shot by Daniel Jackson, is featuring Die Antwoord’s new single Fatty Boom Boom, along with a “behind the scenes” video, showing Ninja and Yo-Landi on the streets of NY. Enjoy!
Tired of dark, colored, nuanced, twisted? I’m not tired yet! I’m still curious about so many things… Now I have a strong interest in minimal exercises and fashionable clean cuts. So, here’s a short selection of what I call Spring/ Summer 2011 “clean look – Made in USA”. Alexander Wang’s collection came as a surprise. This season he suddenly became light, optimistic, minimal & extra large. I love the V cuts and the back of the dresses.
Talking about Minimal Fashion – let’s take a look at Calvin Klein SS 2011 Campaign. Clothes are white, smooth, with beautiful shape & a wonderful cut. It’s like a paper cut. Then comes the topping – the photo shooting by Mert & Marcus, featuring popular Lara Stone (this time less provocative, more accurate and a bit… robotic).
From basic T-shirts to simple cut, dresses and jeans, they always keep it simple. Pure & functional – this is inspiring. Sounds like a basic design lesson, don’t you think?
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