WE ARE CLOSING IN ON A STYLE SIGHT THAT SITS ON THE BRINK OF A GRIPPING PARADOX IN TIME: THE ADVANCED PAST, OR IS IT THE FORMER FUTURE?
No matter how you see it, the runway pendulum has been set into motion and the pull towards extremes has discreetly subsided. Suddenly the space between retro and futurism has become closer than ever and the past–future paradox is the catalyst of intrigue.
Patchwork and corduroy unapologetically ring in retro every time and Sonia Rykiel fully dipped authentic detailing down to the peepholed neckline of her velvet jumpsuit. Acne took patchwork further with full deconstructed hems and seams that were chunkily stitched as though they’ve been shipped into the past and torn apart in the future. See-through was fully asserted at Acne and in due form to pave way for the illusive futuristic light panels that fired through Thierry Mugler’s ribbed and knit necks. As the stylistic epitome of retro futurism, Mugler built his futuristic fortress back in the 70s, so full justice was ignited to his heavy handed gold bonded coats, chromed minis and chip conductor patterned grommets. His sumptuous black and white tuxedos were on par with his time lapsed legacy. Emilio Pucci dove headfirst into the black and white Op Art that swirled psychedelic around Versace’s monochromed Mods. Leowe and Dior played with science in a way that saw liquid metal and mesh slink down the runway. Nicolas Ghesquière decked shades of tech in full framed light screens and metal scaffolding for the Louis Vuitton show and light ricocheted with equal fervor off the pristine white sheepskin and clear glass fiber vanity trunks. Mini LV trunks in aluminum, copper and ultra light carbon ground the loom to the call of science with a jellyfish jacquard jacket paired with a high waisted black leather motorcycle pant. It was the look with which Louis Vuitton capped this season with a past-future hybrid that ultimately gave paradox a fresh layer of gloss.
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