Hood By Air’s Latest Trip

Article publié le 15 février 2016

Texte : Jessica Michault
Crédit : Hood By Air

Hood By Air is ready for lift off. Designer Shayne Oliver marked his return to the Big Apple after a few years showing and producing in other European locations with a collection that looked to be partly inspired by air travel.

A theme inferred from the faux airline tickets left on every guest’s seat, the inclusion of luggage tags as fluttering accessories on outfits and, most cleverly, in the colorful Saran Wrap, like the one travelers tend to swaddle their baggage in, being used on the runway to envelop fur coats or plaster down unruly hair. Oliver even had his models repeatedly walk up and down the bleacher steps in the audience and across the catwalk in a visual reference to the endlessly circling of baggage on a luggage conveyor belt.

But what pieces in this collection will customers really want to travel with? Perhaps not a jacket with sleeves made to look like duffle bags, or a pair of red patent leather thigh-high heels which would be difficult to remove at airport security. Perhaps the multi-zipper puffa jacket might be a better bet or a fur tailored suit jacket hybrid could do the trick. But the overall idea of deconstruction in this show would certainly make it easier for a TSA agent to perform a good pat down.

Like his clothing or not, Oliver’s theatrical shows always carry a dramatic and high energy flair, which is more than quite a few other fashion shows in New York can claim to have. This designer has a point of view and something to say to the world. However, it still remains to be seen how many people want to embark on this voyage with him.


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