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Mod(el) Citizens



Balenciaga, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent Toy with Father Time

The Mod(el) Citizens of Yves Saint Laurent

Every autumn, clocks turn backward yet time moves forward.  Evading the grasp of those ever-turning hands, this season’s Balenciaga, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent collections suspend reality and transport us to another time entirely.  Fall may have beckoned us to realign our timepieces, but designers radically reversed the tick-tock and paid their respects to such poignant imagists as De Stijl’s Piet Mondrian and the Swinging Londoners of Carnaby Street.

Walking the straight and narrow, Balenciaga, Prada, and YSL take a linear focus this blustery time of year.  The labels’ offerings resurrect Mondrian’s methods of clean lines, rational shapes, and bold color blocking, striking the eye with forms and shades that surprise by sheer simplicity.  Well cut, trimly tailored, purposely proportioned, their collections take their cue from Modernists past, imbuing their newly debuted with logical pragmatism.

Modern Amusements provided by Balenciaga

Balenciaga, Prada, and YSL present favorably different mod(ern) interpretations. Starkly contrasting shifts in black and white are accompanied by boldly colored capes and pants for Balencia.  Prada efficiently channels Mondrian’s perspicuous style, weaving nearly-perceptible pieces directly into its fabrics, while YSL blends angular shapes with brazen blocks of color.

 

Prada's Modern Day Mondrian

 

The collections exude a style so logical that it raises a perplexing question, causing discerning designers to wonder why we abandoned Modernist conceptions all those years ago.  Finding no suitable answer, style-makers reintroduce the Mod from our past to the modern of our present, eternally defying the ceaseless tick-tock of that perpetually spinning clock.

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