Remember when there were only two seasons in fashion? It started with Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. Then came the additions of Pre-Fall and Resort. Now, it’s season-less (Burberry’s “see-now-buy-now” collections, anyone?).

Fashion shows have also become increasingly co-ed. Mixed-gender shows are trending, with big labels like Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Paul Smith – to name just three – already committed to the concept.

The recent Supreme x Louis Vuitton collaboration however, tore down another barrier: the one separating sportswear and high fashion. It proves that the aesthetics of a New York skateboard label and French fashion house can go together.

Of course, the two worlds have been co-dependent for years. Streetwear has always yearned for the exclusivity of high fashion, and luxury brands are always “appropriating” what they see on the streets.

What Supreme and Louis Vuitton achieved was the very successful (and seamless) capture of cult desirability. They also blurred the lines between the old and the new guard of fashion in general.

The same goes for Vetements, which once again showed during the Paris Couture Week. The theme? Down-and-out chic, with “caricatures” of everyday stereotypes being presented.

A homeless man with a coat fastened with a tie. A German tourist in see-through rain mack and shorts with brown socks and trainers. A Filipino nanny in her Sunday best knock-off Chanel suit.

According to the designer himself, all these looks are said to be inspired from riding the metro through one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of Paris. And they skewer the idea that fashion is only for the rich.

Vetements’ streetwear-focused designs may not look like haute couture – which, if you ask most people, should come in the form of glamorous gowns, but it works in sending out a message about how the industry is changing.Read more at: marieaustralia.com

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