Get Inspired: Wild West

He’s free and wild, there’s nothing holding him back, he’s an outsider, always following his own path – who?

The American Cowboy. How did his career evolve?

In 20s Hollywood became obsessed with westerns, then in 70s the hero was awakened once again, by Ralph Lauren, who felt a sense of nostalgia in the times of industrialisation. Even the motorcyclist couldn’t resist borrowing big chunky belts and leather vests from the cowboy’s closet. Also in the hip hop enthusiasts and gang culture inspiration taken from our horse rider is clearly visible – just think about the beloved bandana.

But what about the Wild West appeals to us so much?

There seems to be this kind of mythology surrounding it and its heroes: they’re romantic, unpredictable, lonely, but independent. A cowboy is unstoppable, takes care of nature, is a guardian of law and order – his lifestyle is desired by many. That’s the reason why he achieved a special place in our hearts … and in our wardrobes.

By putting on long flared skirts, jackets with fringes, denim garments, flannel shirts and cowboy boots, we feel empowered to explore the world, we gain the courage to be wild and free.

This season, the inspiration on Saint Laurent’s runway was very noticeable – oversized, flowy shirts mesily tucked into big leather belts, shoes all covered in fringes. All that combined with animal prints and lots of jewelry gives us a fresh and luxurious mix of rodeo and safari.

Balmain’s 2018 resort pieces also serve Wild West vibes , but obviously in a very glamorous way. The dresses have the longest fringes you can imagine and the denim corsets are very heavily embroidered. The clothes aren’t as comfortable and effortless, but they certainly give us a new outlook on cowboy’s style and spirit.

Here are some photos to get you inspired and encourage to maybe use them in your next stylization.

Hope you’ll enjoy!

Martyna

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Fashion ID: Rei Kawakubo

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It’s October 1942 – Japan is like sea that floods all neighboring countries. Manchuria, Malaysia, Singapore are all defeated. On west, Japanese are almost in India, on south there’s only Australia left. Even though it might seem not important for the whole Imperium – in October 1942 in Tokyo Rei Kawakubo was born.

Her childhood remains a mystery, as she doesn’t really reveal any information about it. This distance and reserve are complementary to  her cold and raw looks. When in 1981 she arrives at Paris and presents her new collection, only one word is on everybody’s mouths: provocation. Dresses and sweaters all covered in holes, ripped, old-looking materials, Rangers shoes – eve models are shocked. France was brutal and didn’t give her even a bit of hope. Straight-cut hair, determined expression, zero makeup – Rei Kawakubo is not a person to stand this kind of treatment. She always knows where she’s going and doesn’t tolerate any resistance. In Comme des Garçons office there is no receptionist, nobody to tell you how or where to go. This could be a problem, if not the fact that nobody comes in here – no wives, no husbands, no children. Japan had this special work culture from centuries – silence is excellence and obedience is a duty. There are two key words: discipline and effectiveness.

Her journey to where she is now seems not to be marked by any kind of hesitation. After graduating from university in Keio, she sacrificed her time to designing. Still without money, she created her brand Comme des Garçons (Like boys). She proposes pieces in the colors that were reserved for nights and evenings. Black starts to attack Tokyo’s streets.Is it the end of Kawai? Add to that the fact that if she agrees to have a photo of her taken it has to be in black and only in black will she be interviewed and you understand that black is her identification mark.

New wave of anti-glamour approaches Paris, demanding banning class and elegance. Rei has to face many words of disapproval – like press calling her brand ,,Comme des clochards”  and her style ,,chic from Hiroshima”. On the other side of the world, in her home country Kawakubo’s clothes are sold I over 150 stores and are applauded for being very innovative and original.

Asked about where she gets inspiration from, she says that it’s never from culture or history. Sometimes a particular key word comes to her mind and she doesn’t try to involve it in any way, instead she uses her creativity and spontaneity in order to surprise her whole audience. She hates stereotypes and being restricted.

In 1982 Rei Kawakubo presents her second collection in Paris. Her good friend, Yohji Yamamoto also shows his pieces in France. Their sense of fashion is still regarded as beggarly and is thought to be a glorification of rags. In the same year she has her first interview for Vogue and first Come des Garçons  boutique in the french capital.

Her style is called new wave of beauty and it consists of unfinished garments, unreal silhouettes, disproportional sizes. Kawakubo constantly searches for something new, something beautiful in the ugliness, something revolutionary in ordinariness.

She releases a magazine, called ,,Six” and surprisingly it doesn’t concentrate solely on fashion. The name is connected to the sixth sense, intuitive knowledge. Another project that we can be grateful Rei for is concept stores. She was the first one to sell not only her own products in her stores. What’s more, she let her assistants and other coworkers start personal brands there.

The distribution of Kawaubo’s pieces was also quite unusual – she would pick the least prestigious location possible and open a boutique for no longer than one year. This shops were called guerrilla stores. She would never try to renew the local or structure it in any way – chaos was desired. That’s when shabby chic  started to trend, getting rid of expensive jewelry and furs, enabling the poor to become fashion icons.

In 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America decided to honor her work with ,,a fashion Oscar” but she didn’t show up to collect it. 2017’s MET Gala was under Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo theme and it was followed by opening an  exhibition -,,Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between”.

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