On the Scene: The Collective’s Cold Summer Fashion Show
“Collectively Cultivating Creativity within OUR Community,” with such a vision statement The Collective offered a visually rich fashion presentation this past Sunday that was equally parts unique, provocative, and youthful. Since January, The Collective has been hosting a myriad of events, from think tanks, to artist spotlights, and with Sunday’s most recent fashion presentation. The show, at the Jack Robinson Gallery in the South Main Arts District, featured collections from Memphian Najee Strickland and Illinois native Darnell Allen. Strickland’s collection encompassed a clean aesthetic with mostly all white pieces. Looks featured pieces with hi low hem lines, asymmetrical skirts, and sheer bodices. Strickland’s collection was everything any stylish, hip, young professional would portray served up in Band of Outsiders, meets Public School, meets Rick Owens bottle; apropos to the designer’s persona. Allen’s collection, anchored in black, with pops of vibrant yellows, blues, and reds, gave off an urban noir fashion forward super heron feel. Pieces incorporated unexpected use of textures and materials, with capes as faux skirts, juxtaposed with streamlined structured bottoms. His finale look, which was indeed one of my favorites, had what seemed like a take on a 2015 chic black superwoman, with a black trimmed indigo blue body suit, high waist red pant, and crimson tasseled arm band.
If the fashion presentation was a glimpse into the minds of the members of the Collective, it is truly interesting to see what more they have in store. The cool kids have grown up and their style, ideas, and passion for creative expression is making a serious impact.