Fashion

Paris: Henrik Vibskov’s Spaghetti Handjob Lives Up to Its Name

Fashion

Paris: Henrik Vibskov’s Spaghetti Handjob Lives Up to Its Name

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Henrik Vibskov’s A/W 14 collection, designated “The Spaghetti Handjob,” displayed the mishmash style that the unconventional Danish designer is known for. Held within an opulent municipal building in the 4th arrondissement, the looks coming down the runway were all the odder against the building’s classicist backdrop. As is custom, a curious installation accompanied the collection: models walked around rows of carwash-like, seafoam-hued ribbons of the titular “spaghetti,” suspended and swaying slowly from raised poles like mobiles. The trousers were worn slouchy; the coats were created oversized. A series of colorful knits were embellished using old-fashioned rug hooking techniques. Sweater dresses and knee-length robes were included in a softened approach to masculinity. Black-and-white came up repeatedly, in Xs or in graffiti-like exclamations across sweatshirts. Neoprene tops and trousers were scuba-sporty. The accessories included headwear with chinstraps based on Soviet military helmets; footwear took the form of moonboots with a seafoam band. The pièce de résistance look was an origami-esque white coat—evoking paper snowflake cut-outs or grade school fortune tellers—worn over a simple black robe. Two pairs of elastic-waisted long shorts were also fashioned out of the same pop-out surface (one black, one white). These looked intricate and tactile, with a great graphic presence.