Reykjavik--These Icelanders sure know how to put on a show. I was mere minutes into the Reykjavik Fashion Festival when I realized I might be watching a simulated snuff film while seated in the subterranean parking garage of the city’s Harpa Opera House where the week’s first show, Mundi, was taking place. The short flick featured a post-apocalyptic gang of well-dressed hooligans in bold patterned wool knits riding rough shod over the Icelandic highlands on the stocky yet self-assured Icelandic horse (a Viking breed that you mustn’t call a pony lest you upset the locals). At their destination they electrocute a man using energy from the country’s indigenous hot springs (so eco, so green, so wrong).
It primed the viewer for Mundi’s collection of Hunger Games-chic knits and outerwear. Well known in Iceland as a child prodigy, designer Gudmundur Hallgrimsson (who prefers the single moniker Mundi) hand crafted the weaponry used in his show: Bows, arrows and axes. The addition of dirt smeared on models' faces--faces set with scowls that could kill a child--put the odds ever in Mundi’s favor. Photos: Reykjavik Fashion Festival except where otherwise noted
From dystopia we danced into utopia as designer Hildur Yeoman produced a Xanadu themed show complete with roller skates. Bjork was not there (which I can’t bring up enough) but Icelandic techno pop star Gus Gus did a spot-on sheer-shirted, nipples-erect interpretation of Olivia Newton John that frankly blew Bjork’s post-Matthew Barney work out of the water.
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Closing the night was men’s line Kormakir & Skjoldur which chose a “butchers gone wild” scenario for the runway, setting the scene with faux carcasses and carving accoutrement. I never thought about it before, but nothing says bespoke tweed like a pig bleeding from its eyes. Capital punishment, slaughter, glitter and roller skates. To quote Teen Witch, "Top That"
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