“Streetwear in its current form is the offspring of 1970s and 1980s U.S. hip-hop and punk, of skateboarding, surfing, street fashion, sportswear, and of casualwear movements that rose to prominence globally in the 1990s and thereafter. It venerates maverick individuality,” stated Cameron Laux from an article on designed, BBC’s culture section.
When I think of innovative fashion, I don’t typically think of fabrics or materials such as crystals or satins being utilized, I associate these goods with inaccessible couture brands such as Chanel or Dior. However, as younger fashion designers and brands that have had to utilize the unique materials and opportunities provided to them rise, these materials have become as innovative and contemporary as the people wielding them.
Generally, the concept of fashion conjures up images of elegance and grandeur. Take Paris Fashion Week for instance, where shows are held anywhere from the internationally renowned Louvre museum to the grandiose and decadent Hôtel de Ville de Paris. While it is, admittedly, an extreme example, it serves to illustrate the heights that the fashion industry will reach in order to maintain an elite image and appeal. It makes viewers all the more curious, then, when a designer opts to craft a show in the complete opposite direction, and this is the case with Nicholas Daley’s A/W 2019 collection show, “Black Ark.”
Everyone has seen the movie Blade Runner. No “Must Watch,” movielist is complete without the infamous director’s cut. And, even more than the plot, one of the most striking parts of the movie is the fashion. The sleek, futuristic style shown has such a unique feeling, and I can’t imagine anyone who walked away from seeing it without at least thinking, “I kind of wish I had some of those fits.” But, despite being a year past the setting of the movie, very rarely does anything even in the ballpark of the iconic wardrobes ever come close to runway fashion—let alone actual purchasable things.
Fashion lovers are hardwired to go for the classic pieces and find the hidden jewels that the eye may not catch. Like anything else, some people are born with a passion for fashion. Laurel Berman, creator of Black Halo, has that innate fashion gene. Berman’s personal love affair with clothing has led her to an extremely successful career in the fashion industry. Like most success stories, her rise to the top was not an easy one. It took years of hard work and dedication to make it seem as though it happened simply overnight.
“A lot of our work lives in the tension between high-octane drama and straightforward American pragmatism. I love garments that teeter and oscillate between those two planes.”
This is how Christopher John Rogers describes the clothes that define the identity of his brand. Known for dressing celebrities in headline-making looks, the new face in the fashion industry has already made a big name for himself. His works range from somewhat subtle to in-your-face intensity, but whichever piece you choose, his unique design tendencies are apparent.