Part fetishistic, part prim and proper, the collection “Breakable,” created by designer Anh Volcek for her label L’Une Collection, focuses on pain and overcoming it. In her showcase of 12 looks, Volcek channels the physical manifestation of affliction not through gory imagery, but rather evocative symbolism reminiscent of Frida Kahlo’s depiction of pain in the painting, “Broken Column.” Molded bodices made of glass and plastic allude to the fragility of the human condition. Volcek’s inventive incorporation of unorthodox materials carries over to accessory pieces as well, with items such as painted zip ties, black industrial chains and seat belts fashioned into necklaces, headdresses and dress straps. In many of her looks, there are conspicuous additions to otherwise polite ensembles, including a cropped faux white mink boucle jacket, floor length white gowns and vintage, Victorian style hats. Despite the bodily turmoil, the women experiencing the discomfort maintain a staid composure. “I wanted to show how the body heals itself and the beauty of it,” says Volcek. “When we find that we are breakable is when we find the strength of the human spirit.” The collection successfully expresses that sentiment. The strict adherence to a white, black and blood red color palette, save one burgundy number, creates a unity among the varied looks, perhaps to say that the physical aspect of pain is standard — regardless of its many forms.
Fashionistas will appreciate the variety of lengths of the dresses. The drama of the collars and chain necklaces will probably be interpreted as cowl necks and chunky jewelry on college campuses. For the Fashionistas craving to have the runway pieces, jewelry from the collection can be purchased here.
As the music began to play at the Madisonpark Collective show, dancers swarmed the stage from aisles, unsuspected seats in the audience and even from under the raised catwalk platform. It was an energetic start to an incredibly varied and timely collection. Trey Alligood, the designer behind the collection, seemed to cover all of the bases of his home territory by creating perfectly coordinated looks that fit every archetypal California style. The combination of a graphic tee, rolled up yellow capris and flip-flops would surely meet the requirements of the most fashionable surfer, whereas the paint splattered collared shirt, off-beige jeans and combat boots meets the quintessential “California cool” aesthetic. The jeans in shades of electric yellow, spring green, plum, Dodger blue and fuchsia will allow Fashionistos to seamlessly incorporate a bold pop of color into their everyday outfits while also fulfilling the “neon everything” trend. In fact, it would seem Madisonpark Collective has a jean solution to every fashion problem. A very unique and signature treatment applied to some jeans creates a sheen that acts as an unidentifiable imposter to leather; providing the comfort of jeans with the aesthetic of leather. Other treatments and additions to the jeans featured in the collection include leather detailing, fading, distressing, faux stains and whisker patterns. Despite the varied treatments, perhaps the most surprising aspect was the variety of lengths and fabrics. The addition of capris and cuffed jeans, as well as the use of salvaged denim, recycled cotton and Japanese twill, created a much appreciated diversity to the regular, straight leg denim fare.
While some men will undoubtedly mimic the styling of the show to create effortless looks, more adventurous Fashionistos will love the variety of the collection. Between the enormous assortment of colors, lengths and treatments, everyone will be able to find the perfect jeans for any occasion. Pick out your go-to pair by viewing the runway collection here.
As the first few models traversed the runways, designer Jonny Cota’s previous dark Romantic collection came to mind. The collection began with looks including heavy woolen sweaters and diaphanous gowns, but quickly made the brilliant progression from a softer, organic feel to a cosmopolitan and edgy aesthetic. Cota’s innovative pieces made extensive use of leather — a staple of the house. Hooded models in black leather motorcycle jackets and floor length black skirts invoked a fetishistic and cultish feel. Conversely, the streamlined combination of a skintight gray leather jacket with gray leather leggings and skullcap created an avant garde and futuristic second skin. The asymmetrically proportioned shirt dresses, leather paneled leggings, drop-crotch jersey pants and obi-wrapped leather vests erred toward the ultramodern while the strict adherence to a black, gray and tan color scheme invoked uniformity reminiscent of urban warriors. Throughout the entire show, Cota played with texture to create inspiring combinations, culminating in a shearling fringed leather jacket. The juxtaposition of a black, harshly stitched snake-skinned motorcycle jacket with a floor length sequined skirt was a surprising twist. Another standout piece was a wonderfully sculpted jacket with arched shoulder paneling; the subtlety of the studded appliqué only served to increase the drama of the piece.
Fashionistas should be on the lookout for the body-con leather jackets and leather paneled leggings, two must-haves for the upcoming season. Black seems to be the color the shows gravitated towards this week, although the tan and gray variants would be just as fashionable. The high-in-front, low-and-trailing-in-back shirt dresses are also a prudent buy to create the layered, asymmetry Cota composed so well. View photos and the runway collection here.