Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fashion Equation.

     Thanks to Jonathan Zawada's Fashematics, we can now put fashion into equations... or can we?

     The trends can probably be simplified into an equation by breaking down the components of a designer's inspiration. I enjoy connecting the dots, finding the sources of each designer's inspiration.

     During this season's NY Fashion Week, many designers are reinterpreting the "parka," the "down" jacket. Designer Thakoon, a recent CFDA veteran, was praised for an outstanding collection that bolstered his talent with prints (this time, it's all about the plaid in complimentary colors, blue-orange).  The tribal theme showed up in many of the asymmetrical dresses smartly cut and colored for a vibrant, modern feel. Thakoon's winning hit was his down vest in blue-orange plaid with inventive puffs on the peplum. Thakoon Fall-Winter 2011

     When viewing this down vest in blue-orange plaid, one cannot help but recall Rei Kawakubo's Comme Des Garçons collection from two seasons back.  The Japanese via-Paris designer, is known for her "avant-garde," bordering gothic, aesthetics.  The collection played on the idea of tumors and abnormal developments of the body visible to the outer world.  Although the looks from the collection are filled with jackets and shirts puffed in all the places that aren't exactly "flattering" to a woman's body, they nonetheless pushed the boundaries between fine arts and fashion.  The traditional plaid in black-and-red used in the former collection translated to a more vibrant one in New York. Thakoon took Ms. Kawakubo's quirky shapes and simplified them to fit as "puffy" peplum on the down vest, but intensified its color scheme. Now can we see someone walk down the street without having to worry about all the unflattering parts of her body? Comme Des Garçons Fall-Winter 2010

Well done to Thakoon, and thanks to Rei Kawakubo for taking the lead.

My Equation #1:

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