Creatures of the Wind turn fashion inside out at New York Fashion Week AW17

The attitude said Seventies psychedelic rock, but the silhouettes said immaculate Fifties couture. It’s a balance that few other than Swarovski Collective member Creatures of the Wind can pull off, but they certainly convinced us with their New York Fashion Week show on February 11. It may have been partly due to the strong sense of authenticity and community that design duo Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters were determined to create. There was the “friends as models” trope, and a belted red-and-black trench that, on further inspection, revealed a pattern peopled with video stills of an Eighties U.S. commune.

The spirit of DIY shone through, too. We adored the deconstructed vintage fur coats worn inside out, the tattered, fragile linings embroidered with Swarovski crystals. The raw with the glam is a seductive rock-‘n’-roll narrative that we know all too well, and it worked brilliantly. Elsewhere, utilitarian footwear was teamed with bejeweled cocktail dresses; hair and belts hung lank and loose, while sparkling sew-on stones were used to create trompe l’oeil jewelry on tulle tops; dresses featured graphic crystallized motifs; and Crystal Mesh and Crystal Fine Mesh were cut and applied as jewelry (over 267,000 crystals were needed to create the effects). It was the tension between studied neglect and painstaking precision that elevated this Autumn/Winter 2017 collection from rock chick to rock chic.

Images by Dan Lecca & Eli Schmidt