REVIEW: ECKHAUS LATTA, Fashion by Artists For Artists
For some fashion is all about the glitz, waving dollars and hanging out on yachts. I’m sure that’s sweet but I’d rather be where the women and the men are wearing tiny shorts, limited edition baseball caps and everyone has weird hair. If a good trend makes your eyes roll to the back of your head then a good fashion event like this makes you feel like you’re in absolutely right place. Get rolling because lunch-time’s Eckhaus Latta presentation was just so, young guy in a Ralph Lauren sports bra included.
Like Katie Gallagher this pair are recent Rhode Island School of Design grads. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, both American, stem from an art background and showed their first collection last year. Eckhaus attributes RISD’s increasing prominence to the school’s attractiveness to people who really want to engage in their work, “it’s a post industrial north eastern city with a grit that New York doesn’t really have." The clothes reflect that artistic background and seem less like new product made to be shifted and more like outfits from an imagined new New York, a strange space between fashion, art and an organic future, that only exists in the heads of the aforementioned young crowd of artists and fashion kids. And the designer duo. Indeed Eckhaus called the shift from art to fashion a "logical development" and the clothes "a physical manifestation" of the conversations he and his partner Latta have.
The press info’s mystifying art-school explanations and use of the word dialectic aside, what really matters is the fact that the mostly neutral and faded print collection looked fresh to death. They used transparent leather (!) human skin prints, boucherouite rug style rag weaving, male crop tops and garments designed for the male torso that looked like rope.
To add to the fun the models where photographing each other and tweeting them to @ECKHAUS_LATTA. Eckhaus said the duo "wanted to use twitter during the show and do something performance based to show what the models where thinking.” Also, "the photos the models took of each other where gorgeous," said Eckhaus. On the fashion he added that he was "super excited by the transparent leather and hyper de-saturated digital prints." He summed up the collection thus: "it’s all about a feeling of a oscillating uncertainty and how you approach it. It’s interesting to be part of young New York right now and working together and be part of a system and see how it shifts."