The era of technological saturation is now over. The Reckoning is here. In Barragán’s SS 17 collection presentation we were forced to question the importance of form versus function – was life better when it was lived under the direction of basic human instinct?
This necessity to revert back to the prehistoric times of cavemen was demonstrated through a hypnotic performance that saw models rolling a boulder up a hill – a gruelling struggle reflecting the battle between the overpowering presence of technology and the natural world. Was it possible for there to be a world of harmony between the two?
And on the seventh day Barragán answered – unity between man and nature could occur, through utilitarian pieces with an innovative edge. Pockets were a recurring feature, idolising the need for function in this brave new world. Disjointed silhouettes and sheer fabrics contrasted with decorative ruffles, to remind us that clothes were a luxury not to be taken for granted.
The models selected were an army of heavenly androgynous beings, a rebellion against the archaic definitive gender binary roles. Model Dick Wagner appeared beautifully feminine, wearing a t-shirt that encouraged this aesthetic, reading ‘Lesbian’. If this was the primitive times revamped, then I would happily give up my iPhone and laptop to join – as long as I could Instagram a photo of it first.
Photos by Lucy Alcorn, words by Sahar Nicolette.