Unless you’ve been living under a rock then I’m sure you know about the current state of the world, from safety fears to financial crisis, reality has never been more frightening. And it’s this fear which has lead us to search for a distraction from all the bad headlines we’re constantly plagued with to find an escape to somewhere more surreal. For me that has to be fashion, always acting as a mirror to current life, fashion constantly reflects its own view of the world and judging by SS16 I don’t think I’m alone in wanting a little escapism from reality.
Takes the SS16 collection from Dries Van Noten with its nod to all things Salvador Dali (and a dash of Elsa Schiaparelli) the famed artist who was equally know for his heavy surrealistic and symbolic paintings as much as his eccentric and grandiose behaviour, the Belgian designer created super soft knitwear featuring motifs of lobsters that the highly imaginative artist used due to his belief that they had strong sexual connotations… So while Dries has tamed Dali’s surreal lobster, the idea and the imagination surrealism is still there especially when the symbolic sea creature is showcased in the right location like halfway up a snowy Scottish mountain in a -2 degree blizzard like I recently found myself. Now how surreal is that?
Lobster jumper Dries Van Noten @ Harvey Nichols, shirt Helmut Lang