In a time of fast fashion, with trends coming and going in the blink of an eye, it can seem like nothing lasts. ThreeASFOUR’s Fall 2012 collection works to combat that feeling of temporality by touching on lasting themes.
Taking inspiration from eternal and supernatural occurrences, like crop circles and the "end of the world" rumored for 2012, threeASFOUR created a collection based on the shape of a circle. Leather was laser cut into circular fractal patterns and made into elegant headdresses and knee-high boots. Circles made their way onto the clothes as an adornment, like on some mini dresses, or as the shape of the garment itself, like in an architectural cream wrap coat. A favorite piece of mine was a mini dress in a fragmented landscape print, which while resonating with environmentalist and apocalyptic themes, was just plain beautiful. True, most of the garments were impractical for daily wear, but with more and more designers veering towards wearability (see: Rodarte), it’s a refreshing surprise to see a group of designers working to create a more artistic vision. After the show I overheard Yoko Ono, who was seated across from me (!), tell a journalist just how important spirituality was in today’s society. And it’s true – sometimes it’s nice to fish for something deeper in fashion and find it.