Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,
Upon entering the abandoned car park venue of the SIKI IM SS14 show, it became evident that this wasn't just going to be your run-of-the-mill, three-piece suit routine.
Instead, models appeared to have just (stylishly) escaped from the psych ward — Saran wrap adornments and all. The collection, entitled Remorse, was inspired by the themes of crime, judgement, guilt and regret, as well as the following excerpts from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment:
"He was standing over the river, he may have sensed a profound lie in himself and in his convictions. He did not understand that this sense might herald a future break in his life, his future resurrection, his future new vision of life.He looked at his fellow convicts amazed: how they, too, all loved life, how they valued it! It precisely seemed to him that in prison they loved and valued it even more, cherished it even more than in freedom.If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment—as well as the prison."
The collection took on garments otherwise reserved for wear in penitentiaries and hospitals but liberated them into becoming something more: medical scrubs transformed into silky nylon tunics and straitjackets into slim-cut blazers.
Paper-nylon raincoats hung asymmetrically off of the body as if to hint at the sense of dysfunction present within its wearer, a majority of the cuts were "oversized like prison uniforms", and as an ode to the body art of the incarcerated, Im collaborated with tattoo artist MxM Maxime Büchi on a range of tattoo prints for the season.
All in all, this collection managed to take on a very poetic, and at times disturbing, subject matter and translate it into beautifully thought-provoking pieces.
Read the full article here.