Sunday, January 22, 2017

BEAUTY: Clothing--Boris Bidjan Saberi

Clearly, this season's Hundredth Monkey moment is turning out to be the concept of mountain climbing. For his Fall-Winter '17-'18 collection at Paris Fashion Week, Boris Bidjan Saberi applied his customary apocalyptic-Gothic sensibility to the idea of ice climbing. Witness the deadly spiked boots to kick into the sides of glaciers, the ropes, the harnesses, the waxed transparent leather coat that looks like it is made by an Inuit out of seal intestine, and the long-haired Yeti coats. Wild. I wonder what it is, psychologically speaking, about mountain climbing that is firing in the imaginations of these artists? An ascent towards something higher/better? An escape from what is below? Are those two yearnings the same thing?

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