Peel­ing back the laye lay­eRs

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - WHAT MAKES US TICK -

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.

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