Where’s the best hiding spot in the universe? Telfar Clemens’ answer to that question is plain sight, in the population of the people who inhabit it—with style of course. But there’s nothing plain about the designer’s Fall/Winter ‘17 collection, fixating on the reconstructions of a variety of pieces. Jeans take a trip, woven together with deep navy bottoms starting with an ankle flair, but as the eyes travel upward, the fabric shifts gears and detours into denim. Pieces appear to be a utilitarian workers blurred vision of elevated athletic wear. Oversized purposeful pockets were the focal point of crewnecks, just after their traffic stopping vivid colors. Even the sweaters were put to work, with their own job of transforming into puffer jackets. And while we’re hiding, luckily there’s White Castle mini burgers to hold us over, celebrating the designers uniform contract with the fast food chain.
Depending on which eye you peer out of, the collection offers a variety of perspectives. Place a hand over your right eye, what do see? A glimpse of rag-tag militia born out of t post inauguration events. The youth equipped to handle anything in their berets, cargo pockets, and flight caps. Now place a hand over your left eye, peek out your right. What do you see? We witness the genderfluid friendly uniform Clemens is known for. Modestly put in his own words “I can’t help but be political. I’m being political by being cool”. With both eyes wide open and dead center you see Telfar's self proclaimed "little bit Puma, a little bit Levi’s, a little bit Patagonia” inspirations, collaged and camouflaged together with white stitching. Telfar’s imagination runs wild and is represented in a fresh new context, transporting us into his surroundings, with a strong mix of originality, never a cut, copy, and paste mentality. We are now just transplants living in Telfar’s universe.