Peeling back the laye layeRs
To reveal is not just to uncover flesh. Revealing layers and other textures and colors can also produce an intriguing aesthetic. For a futuristic look, Craig Green presented body-hugging jersey wraps, with oval cut-outs that revealed other layers of garments and segments of flesh. There are space age but also Zen-like aspects to Green’s creations – one item of clothing blends with another to create a cohesive visual. Revealing layers can also create a sense of disunity. Rick Owens developed a series of shoulder harnesses for his summer looks. The leather lattices tie down more fluid items, including T-shirts and vests. The dichotomy of freedom and restriction induces a real sense of drama. The geometric leather shapes created combined with the studs is perfect for someone who is into that gritty industrial vibe. In a similar play of movement and restriction, a skeletonized watch creates a statement by exposing the inner workings of the device. Layering is also a fine demonstration of craftsmanship, with various mechanisms and complications cleverly put on display in the most delicate way possible. Hublot’s Cathedral Minute Repeater achieves a similar aesthetic to the brash industrial masculinity of Rick Owens’ collection. Whilst in the fashion world, exposure may unveil tantalizing flesh, over in the watch realm, Hublot reveals intriguing complexity: 319 individually hand-assembled parts swing, rotate, and whirr in full view. In fact, they even sing – this is a minute repeater after all.