The Fashion Show: James-Paul’s Collection
We’re not sure exactly why James Paul’s collection engendered such strong opinions, but judging by the comments section, his collection was not only hated by a bunch of y’all, but it seems like some of you were offended by it.
In fact, if this was Project Runway, which places great importance on innovation, he’d almost certainly be the winner. Since this is TFS, which can’t decide what kind of show it wants to be, his fate remains hard to predict. Let’s take a look at what he showed, shall we?
One thing you have to remember going into this is that JP is all about form and structure. Nothing illustrates this better than the styling choice to have the models wear tights over their shoes. You still get the form, but he’s wiped away any embellishments. It’s a neat trick. Anyway, this is probably not the strongest look to open with, but the separate pieces are nice.
Our BlogESP is kicking in and we know what you’re thinking. Look, he’s NOT designing clothes for “real people” (whatever that means). He’s working in an almost purely conceptual arena. If you want to judge these clothes based on whether you or anyone you know would wear them, you’re missing the point. One could argue that this was not the time or place for such things (and we wouldn’t disagree), but this is who he is and the judges allowed him to get to this point, so why pretend that he’s a different designer?
In the end, he managed to do something that even the most accomplished designers rarely manage to: he showed us pieces and silhouettes that felt new and original. Sure, it owes a lot to designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Commes des Garçons, but he still managed to make it his own.
As for his “indigenous people” inspiration, it made sense to us. It was never meant to be a literal recreation of such clothing, merely a starting point for his collection. As such, it works. These really do look like clothes that were found and re-interpreted.
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