With photographs of mounds of plastic waste steadily showing on our social media feeds and anti-drinking straw sentiments working excessive, plastic is decidedly un-fantastic proper now. Which is perhaps why the controversial, non-biodegradable material was lately utilized in the statement-making runway exhibits of two famously considerate menswear designers, though not in the method one may anticipate.
Having made the information final August after his eponymous model was acquired by the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, American designer Thom Browne set the stage for his Fall/Winter 2019 present in Paris by protecting the chairs and runway in bubble wrap. Difficult gender codes was the focus of the assortment, which included opening appears to be like created utilizing the identical air-pocket-filled plastic wrap: Clothes, paired with gloves and pharaoh-style hats, have been adopted by ensembles comprising jackets and cropped trousers. Whereas the material was not used to categorical overt environmental issues, there was a component of upcycling to it. Browne advised reporters: “We use the bubble wrap for shipping collections back and forth.”
Say it with plastic
Over in London, English designer and winner of a number of “Menswear Designer of the Year” awards Craig Inexperienced closed his present with a number of brilliant plastic appears to be like. Though the material used for tops and trousers resembled bubble wrap, he revealed that they have been bin liners that had been “obsessively elasticated” to look smocked. Like Browne, Inexperienced was impressed by the notion of overturning conventional notions of masculinity, with a group coping with “the idea of fragility and how emotion doesn’t mean weakness”. No want to fear that you just’re anticipated to wrap your self in plastic subsequent season – such runway items are used to make an announcement somewhat than drive gross sales. However, in a time of rising social consciousness, it’s designers who say one thing with their garments, who promote.
This text is initially printed on The Peak Singapore.
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