Photography: Kathleen O’Neill
When most people think of office wear, they think of boring pencil skirts and suits. Not Raul Lopez, who, for the Luar S/S ’18 collection, transformed the corporate American uniform into bell bottoms, bombers and deconstructed suits, turning “business casual” into gender bending avant-garde. Lopez took office attire staples, like ties, pin-striped blazers and button-up Oxford shirts, reworking them into surrealist fantasy wear à la Thom Browne F/W ’16. But he also stuck to the basics, with expertly tailored coats and trousers, making the collection just over-the-top enough, but also wearable. Though suits and even men’s skirts, for that matter, aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel, Lopez’s vision does. Combining the sort of macho Wall Street aesthetic with Luar’s agender, flamboyant and utilitarian style, results in pieces we’ve never even considered. Take, for instance, the shirts made of multiple ties, or Lopez’ off-the-body Oxfords. What could otherwise look like student work became some of the collection’s strongest moments, adding an element of innovation to the designs. And though a lot of times, runway shows can feel like watching kids play dress-up, Luar S/S ’18 felt just realistic enough to be authentic—and just out there enough to be fun.
View the collection above.