General Idea Fall/Winter 2016

David Bologna, Contributing Writer

In an intellectual and cool collection, relatively recent label General Idea used this Fall/Winter 2016 season to ultimately play with shape and gender in an artistic yet wearable manner.

With an understated palette of neutral tones, slouchy black, blue and grey coats – collarless or trimmed with matching fur – featured geometric panel detailing. Neon patches of arrows and rectangles labeled with such words as “Penetrate” spliced outerwear with a unique and a rather overt parody on the idea of masculinity.

Oversized everything from leather tops and cashmere turtlenecks to a particularly comfortable looking pair of overalls infused femininity into looks for an androgynous feel. This rather unisex approach to silhouettes lent itself to the gender bending aesthetic so visible in men’s fashion today.

In a nod perhaps a bit too close to Phoebe Philo’s Celine Spring/Summer 2014 season, creative director Bumsuk Choi utilized the elegant circular cutout detail outlined in gold metal. An irresistible accent, the round element featured on coats and sweaters furthered, rather subtly and gracefully, the collection’s underlying emphasis on shape. A bright future lies ahead for this recent spotlight stealing line.

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