Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New York Fashion Week - The Architectural Lot

Whenever you cover an entire fashion week there are always shows that feel like they belong to a kind of look. Edgy, Rock-star chic, Hamptons Luxury, Quirky, Disco, etc.  Fall 2012 NYFW had many such categories playing in my mind. Some shows over lapped in categories and fell into more than one type, but if they were slightly more of one kind over the others; they got put into that first category. Stay tuned for the other Categories to come but to begin with, here is my list of Architectural collections from the season. Yes, Yes, since I am an architect by profession, I recognized this category first and love it the most too. 

1] Rad Hourani:

Rad Hourani’s collection consisted of very strong lines and panels in jackets cut horizontally by a simple belt. Each jacket looked like multiple layers of jackets worn on top of each other creating very interesting forms resonating with the architectural “box within a box” effect. Perfect way to totally winter proof your next December in style. One of these jackets will suffice without any additional layers to keep you warm through any sub-zero temperatures in style. Rad’s show had the best creative crowd attendance in my opinion. A lot of goth, dark, Rad and Rick Ownes wearing people. The show felt more like a large group of friends gathering who probably hang out at the same places in real life too.

Architectural Reference: Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy.

2] Calvin Klein

Images to the Left by Me
Images to the Right by Anna Morgowicz

Concrete/ ash colored knits, metal strips for belts and window looking mesh panels. Slightly deviating from Calvin Klein’s minimalist parameters, Francisco Costa opted for more feminine silhouettes with cinched waists, strong shoulders and voluminous skirts, keeping it very modern, fresh and clean as always. I am sure Rooney Mara and Emma Stone [who sat in the front rows] already have their eyes on a few. Tons of Occupy Fashion Week protestors outside the show made me feel conflicted about the role of fashion in creating a social divide. A more detailed thought on this topic for another day.

Architectural Reference: Tadao Ando’s Church of Light in Japan

3] Onhe Titel

The sporty collection by Onhe Titel was cool in its details. The form of each jacket, even though fluid in look is quite rigid in its structure and hence fitted. Contemporary architecture to a very great extend has evolved to this stage of rigid fluidity where a room or structure is no longer required to be a square. Technology provides architecture with the fluidity it requires to experiment and be fashionable.

Architectural Reference: Future Systems’ Selfridges Mall in Birmingham, UK.

So in conclusion when you don’t have the money to spend on your dream house designed by your dream architect, I suggest investing in one of the above collections and just live in it. I am sure you’ll feel right at home.

All images by Anna Morgowicz for + Don't Shoe Me [unless otherwise noted]


  1. futuristic flow. like it. food for thought.

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