ThreeASFOUR Fall 2011: Avant-Garde Resonance

Imagine, if you will, a delicate yet tough neo-futuristic assassin with a penchant for accessories shaped like classical musical instruments. OK, so officially the theme was resonance and waveforms at threeASFOUR, and there was a somber and eerie quality to the show. From the geometric patterns projected on the walls to the teeth-rattling electronic bass to the blinding spotlights, it all felt like a bit of an assault on the senses.
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Imagine, if you will, a delicate yet tough neo-futuristic assassin with a penchant for accessories shaped like classical musical instruments. OK, so officially the theme was resonance and waveforms at threeASFOUR, and there was a somber and eerie quality to the show. From the geometric patterns projected on the walls to the teeth-rattling electronic bass to the blinding spotlights, it all felt like a bit of an assault on the senses.
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Imagine, if you will, a delicate yet tough neo-futuristic assassin with a penchant for accessories shaped like classical musical instruments.

OK, so officially the theme was resonance and waveforms at threeASFOUR, and there was a somber and eerie quality to the show. From the geometric patterns projected on the walls to the teeth-rattling electronic bass to the blinding spotlights, it all felt like a bit of an assault on the senses.

The clothes--in primarily black, white, and red--stayed true to the theme. A string art installation in the venue was echoed over and over again in the clothes--from prints on dresses to the construction of the garments. A few types of “parachute” dresses were marvels of engineering, with strings attached at the collar holding hems aloft. Puffy kimono-style coats were stitched with wavy patterns and hems were rounded. Leather “obtuse” leggings and breastplate jackets changed the shapes of the models’ bodies, exaggerating curves and flattening the chest.

The most wearable pieces were covered in pinstripes, but you would never call them conservative. Stripes ran the length of full, hooded jackets and dresses, looking sharp and linear in contrast to the soft hoods and hems.

As for those very realistic looking instrument accessories, harps showed up as belts and violins as backpacks. While seeming to have nothing at all to do aesthetically with the collection, it was all a part of the resonance theme, as the haunting violin which was the soundtrack for the show, reminded us.

**All photos: IMAXTREE