Photography: Emily Chang
Stephen Hawking is many things, but fashion icon isn’t one of them. Regardless, Collina Strada designer, Hillary Taymour, found inspiration for her Fall ’17 collection in the brilliant theoretical physicist.
“My inspiration for the collection was really about terraforming Mars,” said Taymour. “There’s a quote from Stephen Hawking where he says something like, ‘We only have a thousand years left on this planet, what are we going to do about it?’ I just went from there.”
Joining Taymour’s modernist aesthetic with an extraterrestrial influence, the Collina Strada FW ’17 collection read like a doomsday survivalist uniform. Muted earth tones and bright blues adorned with luxe embellishments offered nuance, while loose-fitting hoodies and trousers kept the collection at ease. Even though we’ve seen post-apocalyptic and dystopian vibes all over runways this season, Taymour’s vision for a post-world utopia felt fresh and optimistic.
“It’s future meets realistic fashion,” said the designer. “I wanted to create this whole new genderless population—all ethnicities, all races, all colors.”
Though less brash than more obvious political messages this season, the Collina Strada presentation had its own clear voice, with designs fit for not only for the end of the world, but after.
“I really want to make a point with every single thing that I do,” explained Taymour. “I don’t think people really need clothes anymore, so we need to say something with everything we wear.”
View the Collina Strada FW ’17 collection, above.