A while back, I penned a possibly pedantic plea to footwear designers to step it up (ha) in the transparent shoe department; everyone I knew was wearing poorly ventilated garbagey bootlegs (haaa) at the time + it just struck me as odd that such a coveted item wasn’t being manufactured by mid-level brands with any sort of stylistic variety or vision. Anyway, who cares what people wanted in the summer of 2013 because that’s at least 26 retrocycles behind the #normbores and #fuccpeople of today, so let’s find something new to request that will be editorialized to death but ultimately unavailable to us plebes unless it’s 6 months to 2 years later in pathetically watered down form. Heeeey kids, let’s talk about L.E.D.’s!
Akris, whose AW14 collection at Paris fashion week brought to mind equal parts drafting table + circuit board, just lit up the runway with a finale LED dress that was equal parts ethereal/funereal, a mist of black vapor dotted with glowing blue stars. The brand’s knife-edged formality suited itself well to a twinkling medium often found in forms more corny, craftsy or stunning but impractical. Designers like Gareth Pugh and Phillip Treacy have worked with LED lights in previous seasons, however Akris’ lighter-handed execution left us to imagine new applications that would appeal to the fashion-forward yet more relaxed streetwear set.
Much like we all thought hovercrafts would be the ill future shit back in the ’80s, “wearable tech” hasn’t ended up as impressive in the ways we once foresaw, with the exception of Google Glass which has the added benefit of being totally fucking terrifying in the wake of the Guardian’s recent GCHQ webcam surveillance story. But I’m jussayin, I’d love to see a label like Cassette Playa, Roberto Piqueras, or KTZ (whose recent Been Trill capsule collab could have been PRIME for this) join the proverbial circuit when it comes to, quite literally, brightening our wardrobes.
Just call Akris the fashion game Chief Keef– gotta glo up! #3hunna