Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Tokyo Take on Thom Browne FW 2012
I just recently saw the Thom Browne Fall Winter 2012 Menswear Collection. It was really intense, a lot of studs, dark colors, but the most interesting thing to me were the massive, linebacker-like shoulder pads the models were wearing. Sometimes when I'm creating new art, I am inspired by certain specific things, or even trends. I may see something, and think, "I haven't seen that brought back in fashion in awhile", and then I wonder how I could incorporate that into an illustration, with my own twist. I remember seeing another fashion illustration somewhere with vintage jackets and large shoulder pads, and started thinking about them.
It may sound weird and random, but after I saw this collection, it is interesting to think about how shoulder pads can either be viewed as masculine or feminine. Typically, one might think of broad shoulders as being a form of masculinity or power. Hence, the high class, intense, triangle-shoulderpad-wearing working woman of the 1980's. So for me personally, I usually associated shoulder pads as something feminine, especially seeing my Mom shove them in before going to church on Sunday mornings when I was a small child.
With this new collection, as "conceptual" as it may seem, will we see huge shoulder pads coming back for menswear within the next coming seasons, or years? Usually, Tokyo Japan is always one of the first cities to start wearing a new trend that many think they couldn't pull off. (For example, the high platform converse and shoes that are popping up all over the fashion blog world were started again first in Harajuku and Koenji, by the way.) So, this is my take on a Tokyo street fashion inspired illustration while yes, wearing those ginormous shoulder pads.