The Beauty and the Streets
There’s a pun you’ve never heard before — Day 4 of Fashion Week
Fashion loves the word “juxtapose.” We’re always talking about the juxtaposition of feminine and masculine, or light and dark. We’re intrigued by unlikely mixtures — stripes and florals, for example — that somehow work extremely well when combined. Take, for example, the slew of shows I covered this morning and early afternoon. One was ethereal, the others hip hop cool.
My day began with Delpozo, where models walked a labyrinth of a runway (of the maze variety, not the David Bowie movie) to the voice of what I think was a literal angel. The show left me in a happy, languid Sunday daze — to which I was quickly jarred out of upon arriving at Milk where I dodged an army of photographers chasing an up and coming rapper.
Backstage at the Delpozo show, the brand’s creative director Josep Font explained that two themes inspired his show. The first was a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, titled “Gypsy Woman with Tambourine.” His second inspiration were the windows of gothic cathedrals.
“I wanted to clash the two themes,” he explained via translator.
But the Delpozo show itself was too beautiful and lovely to say that the combination of history and art which inspired him was a clash – it seemed to me more like a perfect marriage.
Josep Font originally went to school for architecture, so I asked how that influenced his designs. He said it didn’t, or if it did, only subconsciously. But the elegant structure throughout Delpozo’s SS14 collection was a pretty clear testimony to his architect-in-training days. Check out the giant cropped pants with bustled hips and enormous hoop skirts that swung church bells, and the pair of shorts with a ruffled waist — surely these are the artistic interpretations of someone who once knew how to build a house.
Where Delpozo had been all about beauty, my afternoon shows were focused on the streets and what the kids were wearing. At DKNY, it was ankle length wind breakers and loads of neoprene. Scuba suiting was also shown at the Public School presentation in the form of a zip up we’d very much like to own.
On the topic of buzzy menswear and the concept of “street,” let’s not forget Hood by Air, a brand that’s found fans in Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. For whatever reason I was most drawn to the looks with the screen-printed Paramount Pictures mountain. Odd, but cool.
Is this what the kids are wearing? If not yet, it will be very soon.
And that’s a wrap for the weekend. Hope you’re juxtaposing and juxta-vogueing and chasing away those Sunday Scaries in style.