SPRING / SUMMER 2013 – LOOKBOOK / SELAHDOR x C|A|M/ CAMPAIGN
Inspired by “Atreyu,” the boy warrior from the popular 1980’s children’s fantasy film “The Neverending Story,” this collection exists in the gray area where extreme aggression and extreme femininity meet. The aesthetic is tribal, but polished.
This season we’ve collaborated with jewelry label c|a|m. The jewelry is heavily inspired by anatomy. Bones from cobras, dogs, and other animals have been examined from a purely visual perspective. These organic shapes have been manipulated into pieces where their lines and forms complement and adorn the body.
This collection was designed with the season in mind, inspired by the air and water. The goal was to capture the essence of those elements-create something light. It was a step away from our usual sleek, structured silhouettes. The character this season is simple, relaxed, and free- casual elegance.
This collection grew from an infatuation with Monarch butterfly chrysalises: their lines and the sinuous details that mimic the shape of the insect inside. This was transformed into anatomical seams: muscles, bones, the gestural line of a hip. Lines were also created in a more sculptural sense through folds and pleating, the most basic way to manipulate fabric.
Everything we create, whether it be art, fashion, or a cellphone, is a reflection of a specific group at a specific time from the point of view of an individual within that group. Our current obsession with vampires and all things dark have moved the “gothic” lifestyle from counterculture into the mainstream. The challenge this season was to create a collection which reflected this, but one that wasn’t sterotypically “goth.” The palette was limited to black, forcing a heavy focus on texture, line, volume, shape, and proportion. Many influences went into the work: the 70’s, the 50’s, victorian fashion, the destructive side of nature, spider webs, coccoons, snakes, etc.
Autumn / Winter 2009 was replete with structural details. This season, the same aesthetic was applied to the entire form and space of the garment. The initial inspiration was insects and flowers which lead to an investigation of Medieval and Samurai armor. The ideas translated into sculpted leather peplums and exaggerated shoulders. The vibe of the collection is a little futuristic and sculptural, but offset with classic feminine silhouettes, draping, and a soft, romantic palette.
This collection is extremely feminine and classic. Structural elements and details are key, but they aren’t added on as “frosting.” Everything coexists with the silhouette of a woman’s body and the over-all shape of the garment. These clothes are intended for women of all ages who seek pieces that are timeless, but will turn heads. It’s a subdued form of assertion.