There’s a Peter Pan thing going on a with a huge swath of the fashion industry stuck in an adolescent rut. Just look at all the kittens, dogs and cartoon characters turning up on the clothes of grown men. On one hand, I find it silly and cloyingly provocative. But when the obvious is eschewed for a focus on shapes and proportions then the idea becomes interesting.
Thom Brown distorted the body by shrinking the clothes. These designers today are doing the opposite. Every piece is about scale, the larger the better. There’s something about wearing a big whatever that’s oddly reassuring and visually compelling. Honestly, I don’t see a future in this as the over-sizing and boyfriend-izing of fashion comes around and around ever 10 years or so. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see how it’s handled. Raf Simons’ overblown and shredded sweater I find uniquely unsatisfying considering he’s the visionary for our immediate futures. Here are a few designers moving the conversation right along.