Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BEAUTY: Clothing--N. Hoolywood

Last season, Daisuke Obana’s N. Hoolywood (not a typo) showed his amazingly atmospheric “Police Picture” collection based on a book of original mug shots from the 30s and 40s that Obana found at a flea market in L.A. (which I blogged about here).The cut of the clothing marvelously captured the era, police mug shot numbers were worked into the design of the pieces (in ties and sweaters) and the choice of models eerily recreated the look of a thug or ruffian of that period. Now, Obana has been inspired by yet another flea market find (at the same flea market, no less!): an old book of photographs of Yosemite’s Half Dome. What inspired him sartorially though, was the pictures of the climbers from the early part of the twentieth century and what they wore to scale Half Dome (rugged but refined tweed suits with breeches and ties!). Once again, Obana has chosen models for his show--who walked the runway with pick axes and coils of rope for climbing--who exude a sense of his inspiration era. And the clothing perfectly calls to mind another era when people dressed up, even to climb a mountain!


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