'[Hung La and Léa Dickely] have been exploring the world of fetish.' See the full Kwaidan Editions fall 2021 collection and read our full review:
Kwaidan Editions Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection, runway looks, beauty, models, and reviews.
This has been a year of domestic pleasures, but that means different things for different people. Hung La and Léa Dickely of Kwaidan Editions have done their fair share of cooking and cleaning up, like the rest of us. But in their collection and in the images Dickely has taken to document it, they’ve also been exploring the world of fetish. A couple of T-shirts in the new look book call back to the 1970s cult mag
Atomage, an “underground bible” for “early devotees of leather, rubber, and vinyl,” according to the Amazon description of the book,Dressing for Pleasure, that anthologizes it.Dickely and La were flirting with the taboo in their seasons on the runway, luring the audience to an underground garage where red lights pulsed in the haze from a smoke machine, as a means of conjuring the illegal parties of their adolescence, for example. But it’s only been since quarantine that they’ve spotlighted the fetish aspect of their work. Latex plays a starring role in the new collection, on second-skin tops, pencil skirts, and sharp trenches. These are juxtaposed with slip dresses in glossy silk and lace and tailored separates in upholstery prints and jacquards. The retro interiors of Dickely’s location shoot—itself a callback to the DIY images in those groundbreaking
Atomageissues—hint at hidden carnality.In her early days,Vivienne Westwood made much of the material inAtomagemagazine, too. But Kwaidan Editions works a different angle, and you don’t need to be a connoisseur of kink to appreciate the ’90s inflections of their streamlined tailoring and slinky shirt- and slip-dresses. headtopics.comRead more: Vogue Runway »
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