Eckhaus Latta New York Fashion Week Women’s S/S 2019
The subversive label presents a collection of gender-fluid desgins from a showspace in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Mood board: The fashion-as-art approach that Eckhaus Latta has turned into its signature was alive and well this season, with the LA/ NYC-based brand embracing a wide array of materials to give its gender-fluid pieces body, depth and gravitas. Fine colour-blocked knits, which took shape as both skinny crop tops and flowing trousers, appeared alongside tailored shirts and jackets festooned with cords and toggles, that together toed the line between experimental avant-garde and street credibility.
Scene setting: Always looking to challenge the notions of fashion, Eckhaus Latta found an apt setting to show its latest creations on the fourth floor of an industrial warehouse deep in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. With the metal-welding workshop on the space’s ground floor functioning in full swing, the disorienting, anti-establishment spirit that met guests from the get-go was not only reiterated in the label’s collection, but a continuation of the mood established at the duo’s solo exhibition ‘Possessed’ at the Whitney Museum of Art, which is on view until October.
Best in show: Tailoring may be growing focus for the label, but the collection’s standout pieces continued to be ones that showcased the designers’ artistic ability to work with fabrics. From web-like crocheted tops to cage-like dresses adorned with filaments, and sheer oversized t-shirts, the melange of materials on display was captivating to say the least.