Gender Is Blurred With ØBLANC’s Utilitarian Vision For Fall

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

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Called the ‘Interchangeable Workwear for the Hybrid Worker’, designer Olivia Le Blanc’s AW 2017 collection not only breaks gender barriers but also repurposes utilitarian looks with futuristic appeal under her brand ØBLANC.

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Deconstructed to be worn multiple ways, by using various fasteners, bag straps + zippers, different pieces get to show some skin or distort one’s silhouette, by allowing the user to change the item’s fit every time. Let’s face it, who likes to be seen in the same thing twice, let alone pay more money to own more than one of the same? According to HUNGER magazine, this all ties into ‘ØBLANC’s focus on longevity + multi-purpose fashion, as well as paying homage to the functional + historic styles worn for work.’

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

If you love really long sleeves, why not just attach longer ones to it with the help of straps, that can later be removed to avoid getting them dirty when you reach for your hot cocoa come Fall? But what would inspire New York’s own to create such beauty with items most dismiss as looking too much like a uniform? Simply, Le Blanc told HUNGER how “the functionality + durability of workwear combined with interchangeability + unconventional materials” inspired this collection. That said, Le Blanc’s sensitivity for the environment is made possible by using recycled materials + giving them that ‘little extra something special’ with her own spin to the final creation. In fact, Le Blanc told HUNGER how she’s been repurposing items dating back to her high school days. Le Blanc said, ” I think it is a great way to eliminate over production + influence DIY creativity for the masses,” adding, “I also think using unconventional materials such as inflatables +d rubber boots are an interesting trend in sustainability.”

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

Of course, don’t think for one second that Le Blanc is on the gender fluidity bandwagon simply because it is popular + the direction of the future, but it’s part of the founding philosophy for ØBLANC. As she told HUNGER, “The philosophy for ØBLANC is creating iterations of hybrid gender through the clothes. There is a need in American fashion for reducing the divide of femininity + masculinity in fashion. There needs to be more boldness in this realm of style.”

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

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ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

Overall, ØBLANC’s AW 2017 collection is not only interesting, unique + wearable but definitely one to keep watching for seasons to come.

 

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

 

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

ØBLANC AW 2017 gender fluid Hunger tv cause and yvette

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