IMAGINATION INFILTRATES THE STREETS, COLOUR SATURATION GETS A BOOST, SEAMS STRETCH AND FABRICS STIFFEN. LIKENED TO THE VISUAL DREAMSCAPE OF WES ANDERSON’S WORLD, THE DISASSEMBLED TRANSIENCE OF ARTISTICALLY CLAD STREETS KNOWS NO BOUNDS.
A step off the set in Comme des Garçons douses the streets in limitless proportions. Collectively frayed fuchsia and red fabric strips coat a vision for holographic sunglasses, paired with flat white boots to allude a futuristic walk. True to loosely scattered codes, Comme des Garçon’s signature polka dots always hold their place beyond the runway. Exaggerated pleats, cuffs and collars can be enough to jolt the starting point of a story. Heels disappear completely from under the curve of Alexander McQueen’s sculptural shoes and collection looks that so fearlessly stride down the runway have finally been granted a chance to unleash a waking life onto the streets.
The value of fearless experimentation has a reward that goes far beyond style. Uninhibited expression pops with an excitement that sprays vibrancy into the streets and the playful mood of an expanded silhouette gives movement a new meaning. Catapulted by new ways of play through accessories that are chromed and frilled, layers for the imagination come in lengths and widths to animate away any ounce of structured conformism.
Lauded through the visionary ingenuity of figures like Rei Kawakubo and Anna Piaggi, dressing for the streets means playfulness through exploration. Headpieces, ruffles, larger than life prints, colour bursts and extreme cuts all holler “No rules!” We follow our own route on the set of his sublimated fantasy, though there is one style guide that harks back to the published 9th commandment of Wes Anderson’s directorial utopianism for Prada’s short film: ‘Thou shalt always dream big – one only has one life, and one only has one permissible instance when thou shalt always aim for a size XXL.’ We are in the age of dressing for fun, where extreme dreaming on the streets knows no bounds.
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