Private Policy AW17
With the uncertain political climate that’s happening around the globe at the moment, the sentiment is most heartfelt in America. Brands like Private Policy made their thoughts known at New York Fashion Week: Men’s AW17 showcase with their signature streetwear that features unconventional fabrics and dystopian styling.
The range is mostly monochromatic with the hint of gold and denim blue. Designers Haroran Li and Siying Qu, both graduates of Parsons School of Design, mixed fabrics like leather and denim and played with silhouettes, resulting in wide-leg trousers, boxy outerwear and a matching jacket-and-trousers combo made graphics of other country’s flags.
Straps, chains and harness details were used as a symbol of interconnection and how they worked together to function. While the combination of different materials signified opposites working together, fabrics like heavy canvas, quilting and nylon hinted at militarism and growing issue between war and government.
The political statement extended to words like “terrorist”, “violent” and “refugee” being scrawled across models’ faces, defining the mood of the presentation. The AW17 show notes indicated that the brand had taken on “the ever-changing landscape of modern globalization” where the idea of polycephaly “symbolises each nation’s unique beliefs, cultural identities and interests”.
What, at first glance, resembled elevated streetwear with the play in fabrics and silhouettes to appeal to those with colourful personality and rebellious heart, Private Policy has gone a step further with the political inspiration for this new collection.