They are also architecture. The amount of thought and planning that went into the construction of each of these garments probably rivaled that of a small house. Getting these pieces to stand, fold and stay in place properly took a lot of work.
First up, the creative minds at threeASFOUR.
Their inventive use of laser cuts, materials and beading make their creations stand out, especially among the sea of hausfrau looks so many designers sent down the runway.
The next collection is from Thom Browne. His primary occupation is as a bespoke menswear designer, but his vocation is visual artist. His fashion shows are works of art, and his art has been displayed in museums around the world.
His shows have vision, and make use of his vivid imagination. This season’s theme was Living A Dream. Times reporter Eric Wilson described the scene at the New York Public Library:
“10 open-casket, pinstripe-lined coffins were lined in a row. From there, 10 women wearing gray pantsuits with white shrouds covering their extremities emerged to stand next to their corresponding tombs. These women, we were told, ‘lived for fashion.’
‘They loved fashion. They died for fashion, and twice a year they get to dream about what they love, their fantasy. And tonight they are dreaming about fall 2012. Enjoy their dream and their fantasy.'”
Mr. Browne definitely has a sense of humor. In the first look, he takes layering to the extreme and gives a whole new meaning to the term faux fur. In the others, he continues to evoke a sense of playfulness with nods to Munchkins, menswear and dragons. Be sure to look closely under all that shrouding, and you’ll find that the mirrored dress is really quite beautiful.
I’ve been a fan of Marc Jacobs since his early days at Perry Ellis. He got fired for being too conceptual for the brand. Look how that turned out: Perry Ellis is stale, the only thing they make for women is swimwear, but Marc is thriving in his positions at his eponymous labels and with Louis Vuitton. If this finds you out of work, keep his story in mind. Like Steve Jobs, getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to Marc. It took a while for him to bounce back, but when he did it was with creativity, fortitude and style.
Because we’re talking about the art and architecture of clothing, I choose to share his Marc Jacobs label instead of the bridge line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. (The pieces in that collection are infinitely wearable. You should check them out.) His inspiration for this show was the head gear frequently worn in the ’90’s by Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay.
These designers unleashed their creativity Paris style. It’s always interesting to me to see what the mind can come up with when you let it out to play. Artists, architects, and designers often draw inspiration from the seemingly mundane. Something as simple as a haystack might lead to a priceless collection of paintings; a small bird can inspire a skyscraper; an old hat is the catalyst for a seasons worth of clothing.
Because they each have a distinctive point of view, I could be inpired to design a room around any one of these collections.
What inspires you?
Photo via The Collection, NYT