- Kristopher Fraser |
For New York Fashion Week: Men's, Luar decided to put an L in avant garde for their name. The line, which is the brainchild of Raul Lopez, a former designer for Hood by Air, was something out of this world.
While he was known for creating hip-hop inspired, high-fashion street style pieces when he was designing alongside Shayne Oliver at Hood by Air, for his solo venture, he has gone completely outside of the box seeing just how far he can take deconstruction. It was surprising to learn that Lopez's inspiration was corporate America; not exactly the first place a designer would draw inspiration from if they are going avant garde.
However, it was bankers ties, suits and formal dress codes that led Lopez to create looks such as pinstripe shirt with oversize sleeves and a neckline of multiple neckties and feminized, bustier style pinstripe suits for men. A recurring theme among many designers during men's was also present, completely ignoring gender and gender norms. It was simply clothes, not men's or women's clothing.
While Lopez has remained under the radar since his departure from Hood by Air, this collection was his true return to the fashion scene after leaving his fans wanting something incredible from him again after so long. Were the clothes functional? No. But avant garde is the mother of invention, and the point was these aren't banker clothes. This collection is for the ladies and gentleman who want to be seen and rebel against societal conventions, that is his customer, and they love him.