Fashion

LRS Studio’s Fall ’16 Collection is a Club Kid’s Wet Dream

Fashion

LRS Studio’s Fall ’16 Collection is a Club Kid’s Wet Dream

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Photography: Rebekah Campbell (MADE)

Tinged with the glow of a seedy blue light, LRS Studio’s presentation felt like slipping into an underground club, where dance floor sexcapades are likely, cocktails are cheap (but strong), and the music sounds like a porn’s lo-fi soundtrack. This nightlife subversion was like salt to the brand’s latest collection, enhancing subtleties and helping construct a moonlit narrative around the clothing, which designer Raul Solis fittingly created from things like, quilted mattresses and crisp, white pillowcases.

“Transforming mass produced and accessible materials into elevated garments and luxurious pieces is the core of the fall/winter 2016 collection,” Solis said. “Researching darker actions associated with sleep led to the pondering of how to associate the LRS customer into the brand’s formula. Insomnia, sleepwalking and nightmares are all dark points of reference. Think the New Romanticism movement and the New Wave scene. The girls should feel as though they’ve just returned home from a long night out—still not quite ready to go to bed and full of life and energy.”

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Silk pajama-style trousers, baby blue jumpers and bombers in a dreamy floral print, cream textured tops and cocktail dresses that although repurposed, still maintained the softness of classic bedding—these sly nighttime references weren’t solemn or sleepy, instead given a jolt of rebellious energy as a result of Solis’ street-cast models. One posed with a confrontational scowl and shaggy peroxide hair, while wearing sheer striped pants and a Unicorn-printed robe. Another model, the star of Nicopanda’s pre-fall lookbook, rocked a jet-black mullet and angular pillowcase top, complete with a boxy, structured cape.

This was certainly a concept collection, but one grounded by an upscale, discerning eye. Solis understands the power of a focused idea, but he’s also a master in design and textile—someone who’s discovered the oft untouchable balance between camp and luxury, helping to blur the lines of low-brow youth culture and high-brow fashion culture—a club kid’s ultimate wet dream.