The renowned youth whisperer, better known as the VFILES collective, celebrated their sixth season with their open source method of curating emerging designers. Founder Julie Anne Quay believes in fashion democracy and this round Kim Shui, Anton Belinskiy, Ottolinger, and Sophie Hardeman managed to make the cut. The four separate collections – although inherently conceived from different conceptual points – shared a similar aesthetic; think a collision of couture and punk with a nod to deconstructionism and mixed media.
Kim Sui & Anton Belinsky
Wearable tech reemerged as a conversation point after taking a little hiatus these past two seasons, as designers failed to seamlessly merge the world of fashion and technology in a beautiful, yet functional manner. VFILES XO debuted a range of multi-fiberoptic fabrics and LEDs constructed into white jackets and oversized tops that were created in collaboration with Studio XO (the fashion laboratory behind Lady Gaga’s flying dress). Did it work? Visually, yes. But the novelty factor may ultimately outweigh the price point in-store.
Ottolinger & Sophie Hardeman
Their next attempt in exploring wearable technology was led by the creative technologist behind Neurocouture, Nayana Malhotra, who was pulled in by VFILES to design a canvas for visual representations of the wearer’s brain. The brainwaves were then blasted all over social media influencer Luka Sabbat’s poncho to a wave of confusion in the audience who merely thought a video file projection was taking place, not a work of digital progressiveness.
Sarah Owen is an Editor at trend forecasting agency WGSN reporting on youth trends from a runway, retail, street, and cultural point of view.