Each x Other FW 2016
The parisian label each x other continued its exploration of the concept ‘art meets fashion’ with its third runway show. The theme of the show was ‘love is a verb’, taken from a text that artist robert montgomery wrote in 2015, “beauty and love are participation processes fuelled by kindness, sustained through daily exchanges of empathy, in this way we begin to see that beauty and love are not nouns at all, but verbs.”
The texts woven through the collection on the catwalk were taken from poems written collaboratively by Montgomery and the london poet he collaborates with Greta Bellamacina, excerpts from their forthcoming collaborative poetry collection “Points for time in the sky.”
Minimalist wardrobe staples like fine wool coats were infused with a degree of sensuality- echoing the brand’s established confidence in translating menswear classics for the female form. a controlled vintage palette moved from black to warm brown tones through feminine inversions of the masculine- the classic camel wool coat subverted in strong rich hues of vibrant mustard yellow; classic black suiting counterbalanced by shades of soft, romantic beige.
The wardrobe recalls the way english indie kids may have dressed in the 1980s- fine vintage tailoring finds worn with punk rock t-shirts underneath. The slogans on the punk rock t-shirts are however replaced with more whimsical, poetic lines from Montgomery and Bellamacina’s book- “The future is a risk of our hearts”, “Unprescripted love”, “Permanent childhood saturdays”, “Idiotic 20th century”, “Grace puddle saviours”.
The collection’s warm palette, fine wools, and rich jacquards had a controlled elegance. Paired with masculine shoes, they suggested a young cool girl repurposing her dandy gentleman grandfather’s wardrobe- an androgynous fusion of past and present.
A fine black leather artist’s smock jacket carried a surreal slogan hand-painted by Montgomery and Bellamacina “modern dead ideas, the seagulls are low planes on fire”.
*Photos: ©INDIGITALI – Yannis Vlamos