The Inspiration Equation Fall 2012

What were designers thinking about while dreaming up their fall collections? W's Deputy Editor Armand Limnander examines the season's references in an animated film inspired by his regular column.

Released on 9/17/2012

Credits

Starring: Armand Limnander

Transcript

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(relaxed jazz music)
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[Voiceover] For the Fall season,
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New York started off very strong with Marc Jacobs.
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There was a collection based on eccentrics,
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like Anna Piaggi the legendary Italian fashion editor,
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or Lynn Yaeger who really has this wonderful sense
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of being a character.
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Like the cat in the hat.
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Reminded me of Mary Poppins paired with boots
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an early American pilgrim or pioneer would have worn.
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So Prada's revamped Geek Chic
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can really be distilled in three elements.
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Revenge of the Nerds, Robert Carradine,
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Sonia Delaunay who did an amazing
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series of graphic textiles.
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And Miuccia Prada's own collection from 1996.
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This time around she embellished with new elements.
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She essentially reinvented herself.
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Summing up Comme des Garcons I would say
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it was a larger than life collection.
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Everything was oversized, everything looked flat,
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really like paper dolls.
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Two-dimensional objects that suddenly came to life.
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At the same time, they were very decorated.
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Checkerboard prints, flowers that reminded me
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of Andy Warhol, polka dots reminiscent
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of the artist Yayoi Kusama.
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The best thing about Comme des Garcons is
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that Rei Kawakubo leaves the explanations
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to the people in the audience
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and she herself remains silent.
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(relaxed jazz music)