Friday, April 3, 2015

he called the buildings "cold-hearted", "inhuman", "hideous", and "monstrous".

barbara langendijk afw 2015 were simple, clean japanese-inspired clothes using sheer, knit, leather, and pvc(?) whose forms could be changed by the wearer with the use of clips and draping. normally blank white lines and anything this winter-ish or minimalist would remind me of modernism because it's where form is completely dependent on function (in minimalist clothing and in the need to stay warm during winter). but, there was a harshness in these clothes that reminded me a lot of the cement, abstract structures of brutalist architecture, which i'm trying to finish obsessing over before spring comes and i need to move on to something softer. 

the shape of this is absolutely !!

the layering and what looks like fraying of the material on the side are cool

not sure why, maybe it's the fluffiness that looks like snow, but this reminds me a  bit of the ice princess from sharkboy and lavagirl

the clips are amazing, my only wish is that they were made of cement (who knows how practical that would be though), to fit in more with the brutalism. 

these pants

incredible fabrics; this is an example of where the clips really create an entirely new garment from the same piece. also-- there's also an incredible number of brutalist post-offices.

the bottom looks a bit like paper which is cool, and the double turtleneck, and the slouching sleeves

contrast and layering

and some more architecture that i didn't pair with clothing: 

isn't this the most beautiful theater you've ever seen:, it kind of looks like an abandoned power plant:

 this photo is a part of frederic chaubin's cosmic communist constructions photographed-- a book of 90 buildings built right before the collapse of the USSR that showcase the weird, emotive, and honest architecture of that time. 

one of the criticisms of brutalist architecture that i actually find to be one of the most beautiful things about it is the way that rust and water stains take over the structures when they're exposed to the climate of the countries where they first became popular.

i've only recently gotten super interested in architecture thanks to my english teacher who loves it, and i'm finding it to be really interesting. one of my favorite things that i talked about a little before is the correlation between the design of a building and its use; it would be strange to have a business in a little victorian house. i also love how evocative architecture can be for something made of metal and steel and concrete. what are your opinions on it, and also on the clothes in this collection?
- the title is an anthony daniels quote from here about why he hates brutalist architecture (lol)
- all photos of the lookbook or the show are from here
- the photos of architecture are:
1/14/15(fyodor dostoevsky theater) via | 2 (carpark in hanover, germany) via | 3/8/ 16 (from cosmic communist constructions photographed) via | 4 (d.b. weldon library) via | 5 (pilgrimage church) via | 6 (preston bus station) via | 7 (habitat 67) via |  9/13 via | 10 (preston bus station) via | 11 (university of leeds) via | 12/17/18/19 via


  1. I love brutalist architecture - it reminds me of 1984, a futuristic utopia or something along those lines x

    1. that's so true! the way it falls apart always makes it look like something you'd find in an abandoned city.

  2. Cool :)


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