Monday, June 12, 2017

BEAUTY: Clothing--Craig Green SS'18

Craig Green has certainly had a meteoric ascent in the design world. His inspirations and ideas are fresh and embody such a purity of form. At London Fashion Week Men's, Green showed a SS '18 collection at London Fashion Week Men's that contained all of those elements.

Since his early days after graduating the Fashion Masters course at Central Saint Martins, and through his three-season term at MAN (the fashion incubator of London), Green has had a penchant for making structures, boards, or objects to be worn or carried in front of his models (previously here and here) and for this collection, Green opened the show with one of these enigmas. But as the collection progressed, these body-sculpture objects became clearer. A set of black, white, and brown neutrals with accompanying brown, white, and black body-sculptures gave way to color and large geometric patterns. With a stylized palm tree and waves among the colorful shapes on the fringed poncho/serapes, I couldn't help but flash on indigenous cultures in Mexico and South America. Indeed, it brought me back to my Carlos Castaneda days...some of Green's pieces looked like stylized, fashionable versions of what Don Juan might have worn for desert treks with Carlos. And those body sculptures? Why, of course they are versions of the Ojo de Dios, or God's Eye, a wood and woven yarn "ritual tool, magical object, and cultural symbol evoking the weaving motif and its spiritual associations for the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of western Mexico."

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