Shadows in the Jungle – Hot Couture 2014 Second Runway Show

Photo Gallery for Runway Show 2

“Life is wasted on illusion….”

Bow Wow Wow, from Do You Want To Hold Me

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

Since last weekend’s Hot Couture fashion show at The Crucible in Oakland, California, I have contemplated the relationship between the music and fashion industry. Popular artists influence hairstyles. New styles of music force designer to create new outfits. A new dance craze provides a new excuse for more shoes… not that anyone needs an excuse for new shoes.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

So what does Hot Couture have to do with the lyric from 1980’s band Bow Bow Wow? According to legend (or in this case, Wikipedia), Bow Wow Wow was recruited by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren to promote Westwood’s new clothing style. Westwood and McLaren used music to change fashion. Westwood’s “Pirate Collection of 1981” made punk stylish although the former school teacher probably used a different word. (I am a current school teacher so I will say “stylish.”)

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

I watched the old Bow Wow Wow music videos today while writing this post; I was surprised by the band’s sophistication which I probably missed when I was a young teenager. On the other hand, perhaps subtle layered attacks on popular mythology are exactly the type of messaging that informed my current world view. I suspect that the Hot Couture designers are also aware of pop culture’s many limitations.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)Medium Reality designs sustainable clothing. This line probably challenged me more than any other. I do not have much fashion style, nor do I recycle clothes often. I have a few old shirts that I should probably stop wearing, but that is not recycling. At Medium Reality, they “set aside … assumptions about people, society, materials, and the way that things work….” The fashion industry has not been known for reality nor its search for the way things work. Perhaps Medium Reality will help us break free from creating more illusions that do not work for people.

Bay Area fashion designers present The Crucible's 15th Annual "Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire" on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Crucible is an Oakland, California non-profit art education facility. (Bryan Farley)

The longer I watched the fashion show, the more that I realized that there was something basic about the designs. People have basic desires and the designers met the desires rather than create new illusions. People want to look good in the shadows and the spotlight. If a woman has a tattoo and she wants to wear a beautiful blue dress with big shoes, a designer can create a look for a runway. If a person wants to wear something fun and powerful (with latex), a designer can create that too… and the crowd will cheer.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Shadows in the Jungle – Hot Couture 2014 Second Runway Show”

  1. Karen Clark says:

    How fun! I wish I could have gone. The pictures are awesome !

  2. Bryan Farley says:

    Thank you Karen Clark. This was definitely your kind of event. They will have it next year. Bring your husband. I bet he could make some new friends too. Have either of you been to The Crucible ?

  3. Karen Clark says:

    No we haven’t but we’d love to in the future.

  4. Bryan Farley says:

    I have one more post tomorrow and I posted something late last night. All three runway shows were excellent. J Christopher Esparza or his daughter probably know what Al could gain from visiting.

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