PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN & JUN LU
EDITOR: ELIZABETH CABRAL
Going against the tide in a sea of trend conforming labels, a handful of creators are making clothes that transcend trend, season, time and gender. Subsequently subscribing to the philosophy of “heirloom sustainability” – designing clothes that are anything but disposable. Instead, their prolific pieces have lifetimes that span decades within a loyal wearer’s closet, are passed on generationally or are treasured in reference archives as important signifiers of that time.
We enlisted bright young things Jacob and McKenzie, to illustrate the fluidity and inclusiveness of these sartorial geniuses.
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Creating collections that continue to build upon themselves as opposed to erasing any of his preceding ideas, a Dries Van Noten piece – often distinguished by its pattern play, colour working and slightly bohemian tilt – looks as current as it once did twenty years ago. Faux fur coat, Dries Van Noten.
Rocha is one of few new guard designers who are judiciously carrying the torch for her likeminded predecessors like Kawakubo, and Yoji Yamamoto. Her thoughtfully conceptualized designs are based more on romantic and intuitive silhouettes, than whatever the new “it colour, shape or print” of the season is. Dress, Simone Rocha.
COMME DES GARÇONS
Comme des Garçons designer, Rei Kawakubo, is arguably one of the most conceptual and referenced designers of modern time. With the ability to create a progressively evolving “uniform look”, Kawakubo challenges our idea of what clothing should be…fashion as art? Trench, Dress, Comme des Garçons,
Capturing the zeitgeist of current culture while simultaneously going to the beat of his own drum, Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia has carved out this own place in the style landscape. Gvasalia’s popularity was born from the one of kind jeans that repurposed and recreated vintage denim. He addresses sustainability via a strict demand and supply theory, selling limited numbers of items. Earlier this year he collaborated with a major American retailer filling its New York flagship windows with clothes donated from employees or out-of-season“deadstock” to highlight the issue of overproduction and waste. Jacket, Vetements.
MODELS: MACKENZIE HOGAN-LUCUIK, ANOTHER SPECIES & JACOB L, WANT MANAGEMENT
GROOMING: NATALIE VENTOLA, P1M
CLOTHING CREDITS: DRIES VAN NOTEN COAT, COMME DES GARCONS TRENCH, COMME DES GARÇON DRESS FROM HOLT RENFREW. SIMONE ROCHA DRESS, VETEMENTS JACKET FROM THE ROOM. HAT, LILLIPUT.