ARTICLE PATRIK SANDBERG
FOR SPRING 2014, NEW YORK CITY MENSWEAR DESIGNER TELFAR CLEMENS BUILDS ON HIS TRADEMARK OF "SIMPLEXITY" BY DEBUTING A NEW COLLECTION OF PRACTICAL, CONCEPTUAL SPORTSWEAR. HERE, SEE THE TELFAR S/S 14 LOOKBOOK IN FULL
Each season at New York Fashion Week, TELFAR stands out as one of the most conceptual and uplifting shows of the week. Whether he's exhibiting his collection on mannequins in a Lizzie Fitch-designed environment or wheeling models out on dollies from Home Depot, the spirit behind the clothes is reflected in the thoughtful way in which they are presented.
The only difference this season was a slight increase in production value, with Telfar showing at the Standard as part of MILK Made Fashion calendar and returning to a more standard runway format—in front of editors and all. For the uninitiated, it was a sportswear-cum-swimwear introduction to what the designer likes to call his "Extremely Normal" aesthetic, born of a paradox of being both accessible and conceptual in extremis. The Liberian-raised designer showed nylon day looks with mesh and sheer pieces worn by offensively attractive models who emerged from an LED curtain bearing their manipulated video portraits in the same looks. At the conclusion of the show, the models came out with companions wearing Telfar Denim and silk polyesther T-shirts emblazoned with images from the pre-shot lookbook.
The production was an inspiring one thanks to the fact that it was a collaboration with artist and art director Babak Radboy of Shanzhai Biennial, who helped pull together an outstanding team that included musician/artist Fatima Al Qadiri, stylist Avena Gallagher, and producer Dyami Allen. A video of the lookbook premiered yesterday on Style.com, found above followed by the slideshow of original lookbook images, premiering here.