CLOT, a clothing brand that centers on streetwear, celebrates their 15th anniversary by debuting their first runway show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday February 7th, 2018.
The brand has existed for fifteen years and finally had the chance to be one of four designers selected to showcase their collection during New York Fashion Week’s ‘China Day’.
Curated for an audience that resonates with urban and streetwear, the designers at CLOT transformed the Skylight Modern into a subculture hub by showcasing a collection that consisted of ensembles with loose fits, plaid and an abundance of straight fitted trousers.
In their continuous efforts to mend Eastern and Western fashion, the collection named “PAST.PRESENT.FUTURE.” also incorporated pieces that were featured in their past and present collections--hence the name. The collection also unveiled a series of pieces that were created by collaborations with other artists and designers.
The runway theme of past, present, and future exemplified a shift from their previous collection which had a focus on inspiration from “the north and south pole”.
Certain looks were layered with pieces from previous collections and new designs that were debuted during the runway show. The layered ensembles allowed audiences to see the transformation of the brand over time.
“The designers made it clear of their motives” Cali G, a designer and attendee of the show states.
The collection also included CLOT’s signature method of “street couture” which entails customisable runway pieces for consumers.
When noticing the designs and prints of the ensembles, the mend between Eastern and Western cultural influences were represented through the use of silk fabrics and Eastern typography.
Most looks included the essence of eastern culture paired with traditional western designed ensembles such as loose trousers, sneakers and baseball caps.
Along with the mend of cultures, the collection also incorporated the now trending method of combining formalwear pieces with fits more typical to streetwear.
“I liked the show, especially the mix of formal wear and streetwear” states Laney DeGrasse, an artist and attendee.
In relation to the actual clothing pieces and their representation of past, present and future, the models at the show were not only extremely diverse in ethnicity, but also age. Young, middle-aged and older models were seen on the runway showcasing the collection.
“They hit the mark when styling me. I go by ‘Cozyboylenz’ and the designers put me into a comfortable outfit.” states Lindsey Jean-Baptiste, a model in the show.
According to Baptiste, the designers were not only professional, but also fun to work with.
“They treated me with so much respect. Best show I’ve done so far.” the model states.
View the full show here
Article by: Isiah S Magsino, Editor-in-Chief of SOUL