JULIUS [ KNIVES; ]
JULIUS - SS17 [ KNIVES; ]
Presenting Julius, a label constantly pushing the boundaries of avant-garde fashion and fusing it with streetwear, playing by their own set of rules, avoiding the chiseled and hieratic forms which characterised their past collections. Tatsuro Horikawa the creative force behind the label brings his street warriors onto the runway, an army whose only objective is to subvert every certainty regarding the brand. The connections to his past, if subtle, are there: the waterproof-boots, the muted colour pallet defined by the stark contrast of black and white and mitigated by shades of grey. The collection is a closer look into streetwear, clearly inspired by the 80’s and 90’s street and hip hop culture, featuring sleeveless hoodies, leg warmers and layered baggy pants.
The prints which adorn hoodies, belts, leggings and bandanas are a homage to the artist which inspired the collection, Karl O’Connor, aka Regis. “The idea of paying homage to the British Murder Boys, Karl’s group, and the recent happenings in England, was a bizarre coincidence; many have wondered if I had done it on purpose, but the collection had been ready weeks before Brexit happened.”
The uniformity and coherence of the presented designs, which upon first glance, brings to mind a group of rebels from the suburbs of Brooklyn, is all thanks to the new stylist hired by the brand, who has managed to further streamline the visual language of the label.
Having recreated a perfect underground ambiance. The public found itself immersed in very different experience from that of a more canonical fashion show. Everything was aimed at imitating the atmosphere of a back-alley club: the post-industrial location, the setting, the live soundtrack, and most of all the fact that the runway and public were only separated by safety barriers and tape. Everything worked together to make this show unforgettable. A new chapter for this progressive pioneer.
[ S O U R C E ] - fuckingyoung