Last month, New York design duo Eckhaus Latta hosted a press party with jewelry makers FAUX/real at the breathtaking Lower East Side boutique Maryam Nassir Zadeh. The occasion was the launch of Eckhaus Latta’s latest fashion film, a two and a half minute short by Alexa Karolinski titled Family, which debuted on Purple‘s website last week. Fashion films launch online all the time without such pomp, but Eckhaus Latta wanted to have an RL event to get people together, to show face. At least, that’s how Mike Eckhaus, one half of the team, explained it to me between sips of the deliciously alien Arley Marks cocktails they were serving.
Eckhaus Latta’s Fall 2013 collection, which Family was made to showcase, explores the theme of “the inundating use of technology.” Steve Jobs was an inspiration. His face is a leitmotif. The film sees a group of beautiful children lethargically watching television footage of a Mallickian nature (lens flare) from a benign domestic space. The kids wear, in turn, from E.L. AW13, post-Matrix pyjama loungewear and Steve Jobs fanart prints. An essay on connectivity, technology, and the future of humanity, or something, Family will refresh your screen-addled mind in under 150 seconds. The film is best viewed after a reading of Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta’s Fall 2013 artist’s statement, which goes…
“Creation comes when you learn to say ‘no’…” Hate myself for thinking that. Didn’t want to feel this way. Water plants.
Netflix pillow, we didn’t make it past “the truth is out there.”
Swaddling to wrap an infant in fabric in order to restrict them, to pacify them.
Should wake up wake up; read my email as my eyes focus.
I’m not really sure where we would raise our children.
The Apple headquarters is a space station engulfed by foliage.
(We have each other) My Smart Phone.
How do I turn off My Smart Phone?
How do I turn off?
What will happen to all of these clothes when we die? Is there any truth to synthetic fabrics?
Everything is flammable. Textiles that spontaneously combust; acknowledging this should make us more capable of addressing the world.
Will there be a day when we stop seeing each other on the street and only online? If so, will I recognize you?