Mark our words: boundary-pushing collections by up-and-coming NYC designers are likely preoccupied with post-gender and post-apocalyptic themes. Perhaps the art school kids are getting fed up with the oppressive effects of rigid gender roles and how clothes are often used to enforce these ideals. Perhaps they realize the world’s industries, including fast fashion, are causing irreparable damage to the environment, making the idea of a post-apocalyptic world not just science fiction.
New York designer Vejas Kruszewski, much like Pack favourites like HBA and Eckhaus Latta, is very much interested in these ideas. Perturbed by issues of inclusivity that have long plagued / been perpetuated by the fashion world, Vejas makes it a priority to work with transgendered models and models of colour. Her clothes are influenced by simplicity and multi-functionality, and they celebrate rather than shy away from nudity and impropriety. (Her FW205 collection was described by a journalist as having a “Farm Thot” aesthetic) Organic fabrics of leather and cotton in shades of black, grey, and beige dominate her SS15 collection, resulting in earthy looks that are protective and practical. Vejas is inspired by the notion of “the last girl standing”—women who are resilient and have probably seen some shit. So I suppose it’s no coincidence that the model in these shots is wearing a headdress like a tribal queen, and that certain pieces look like they can be worn in different ways depending on the situation.
Check out looks from her FW16 collection here
Images via Vejas