ThreeASFOUR RTW Spring 2014: Museum-Worthy Conceptual Design
You think you've seen everything during fashion week? There's been so much black and white you're likely sick of it already, right? Then you probably haven't seen threeASFOUR's Spring 2014 collection, because nothing beats laser-cut, 3D dresses. Trying to promote "cross-cultural unity" through their collection, the three designer powerhouse of threeASFOUR—Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil—all work closely together with an architect to make their designs come to life. "We were fascinated by the geometry of the different tiling systems in mosques, churches, and synagogues," Gil told Style. "They actually make a lot of sense next to each other, so we chose to mix them together—it's a way to create and express unity." This mixing of architectural elements gives the collection its distinctive layered patterns and form.
While I wish they were more wearable (personally I'm in love), the laser cut textures look so delicate I'd be afraid to break them. There were a wide variety of garments for such a conceptual collection that included pants, dresses, jackets, evening gowns, swimwear and what appear to be leggings. Entirely in black and white, each piece was fitted with a lattice-like texture from the high-rounded shoulders down to the shoes. Created from silks and ivory resin, even the less sculptured pieces are decorated in geometric and architectural patterns.
Sure, it doesn't look like something you could wear to your sorority sister's wedding come next June, but Lady Gaga could rock these dresses like no one else. But Gaga aside, it's the innovation in textile and design that makes these pieces so noteworthy. Because of this originality and notoriety, the spring collection will be displayed for five months in the Jewish Museum in New York where the runway show took place.