Thursday, September 22, 2011

Textile Friday: Handmade Industrial Tribes

Well, we just had fashion week and it was pretty awesome to watch the sheer variety come down the runway. Everyone seems to be following a concept that could be summed up as "tribe." The interpretations were however all over the board. Tribes mean different things to different people. For some people it meant literal tribes such as the African warrior or Scottish tribal chiefs. You saw plaid prints and lots of leather. But for others the tribe had a more metropolitan feel to it. It is as if we all are looking for a little toughness to survive the concrete jungle fall is in the process of blowing in.

My favorite collection was by Alexander Wang. He always pushes the edge to give you something unexpected and beautiful in my mind. The juxtaposition of industrial laser techniques and workmanship were really pivotal. A new spin on an old idea.

I'm excited to see this technology really take off with the Greensboro conference on industry trends coming up in a few weeks.

So my question for you today is: "What is your tribe?"

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