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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the VFiles Runway Show during New York Fashion week. The show was organized by Depop, an online platform for buying and selling gently used/original pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories. This show is competition-based, featuring fresh faces in both the music and fashion industries. The lineup of global designers this year were: Pierre-Louis Auvoray, Di Du, Ricky Harriott and Nico Verhaegan. The list of performers included: Rico Nasty, Erika Jane, Brooke Candy; rapper YG also made an appearance.
image by Giovanni-Mocchetti for Vfiles
The theme of the show was to bring viewers into a more forward-thinking world through simulation. The large monitors at Brooklyn's Barclays Center were utilized to play up the futuristic fantasy. The mood set was a video game in development and included futuristic touches such as 3D simulated characters who introduced themselves as hosts for the evening’s event.
Let's look at the designers...
Rico Nasty in the first look for designer Di Du on VFiles Runway. Source: Instagram-@vfiles
The headline musical performer, Rico Nasty, opened with her highly anticipated performance. After finishing her set, she took to the top of the runway to open the fashion show and walked the first look for designer Di Du, whose collection was clean and concise. For anyone who follow’s Di Du’s work, the Antwerp-based designer's level of precision as well as use of colour was consistent with her previous work. Her collection of motor-cross influenced pieces and body-con dresses was very reminiscent of a past Polychrome trend, Futurama. This first show set the tone for the overall avant-garde and futuristic mood across all the designers' collections.
Wesley Harriot for VFiles Runway. Source: Instagram- @vfiles
This London-based line was founded in 2016 by designer Ricky Harriott. The clean lines and subversive glamour felt like a modern take on goth mixed with touches of athleisure. This collection had many details that could only be appreciated up close such as the metal rings that gave the models the appearance of having talons. Unconventional cut-outs and proportions of pieces made for a series of thought-provoking looks.
Nico Verhaegan for VFiles Runway. Source: Instagram-@vfiles
The look of this line was reminiscent of early Rick Owens. The oversized proportions and truer grunge feel with heavy knits and deconstructed and torn pieces was what set it apart from the other designers' collections at the show. This nod to grunge in the use of multiple layers and deeper colour palette of olives, deep reds, reminded me of Polychrome's Pacific Northwest trend.
Pierre-Louis Auvoray for VFiles Runway. Source: Instagram-@vfiles
Last was the VFiles Runway winner Pierre-Louis Auvoray, a recent Central Saint Martins grad. This collection conveyed futurism through a more literal and sculptural lens. The guitar bodice piece above was the look that stole the show. The entire room was silent and looked on in awe as it went across the runway. This collection again reminded me of our Futurama trend, but taken to an amazing extreme.
Overall, the show was a bit short, but it was packed in a lot of content. This group of designers came to show their best work and did just that. The VFiles Runway show was an amazing experience; I hope to keep coming back to this runway!
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