Runway Rundown: Lyz Olko's Signature Punk Gets Political [NYFW]
Considering the current political climate, there’s no gray area when it comes to speaking out: you either do, or you don’t. Thankfully, many designers are using their platforms for political good this NYFW, and speaking out in the face of injustice. One notable newcomer who fits the bill? Lyz Olko, who launched her namesake collection in July 2015 and has been carving out her sartorial niche (an elegant, symbolically stunning one) ever since.
With an emphasis on positivity and sustainability, Olko’s message for F/W 2017 came through loud and clear this past Monday night, with a performance (choreographed by NY-based artist, model, and muse Alexandra Marzella) at St Mark’s Church in the East Village. With Olko’s signature punk style on full display, the collection, fittingly dubbed “I Am Fire,” brought youthful energy and movement to the hallowed halls, and with none other than Joan of Arc (or more specifically, her ghost, whom Olko summoned) as the leading lady, no less. True to the brand’s aesthetic, hoodies, bomber jackets, and denim flooded the runway, alongside metallics, sequins, and chiffons, a soft ode to Joan of Arc’s “Soft Armor.” Standout looks included a layered tulle skirt paired with an oversized sweatshirt, all in a crisp crimson, and a romantic one-shoulder top complementing camo pants with a sewn on patch of Joan of Arc herself. Inspired by Joan of Arc’s winning battle, subsequent trial for witchcraft, and burning at the stake, the final call to action was clear, urging viewers to “rise up against the current political climate, not abandon hope, and create change through action.”
All in all, the collection was darkly refreshing, eerily intriguing, and symbolic stunning, making Olko one to watch, now more than ever.
Images courtesy of Benjamin Lozovsky
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