Fashion: Retro Rhapsody and Telfar Clemens SS19 NYFW Show
By: Desiree Dossen
TKD’s fave gender neutral designer brand is back at it again at New York Fashion Week. Our Liberian brother Telfar Clemens is the epitome of blurred lines. His take on fashion gives luxury streetwear something to really talk about. Compared to his Autumn/Winter 18 Collection last season, this rainy, grey skies of a fashion week did not stop the Telfar Clemens SS19 show from parading on a helicopter pad on the edge of the East River in NYC. After winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last year, Telfar Clemens has collaborated with Century 21, Dover Street market, White Castle, and continues to do grand collaborations and installments worldwide. Last season Telfar brought out singer Kelela, Oyinda, and even model Adonis Bosso as they gave us an eclectic performance.
Telfar Clemens is turning the traditional runway show into an audio-visual experience. As written on Vogue.com by Chioma Nnadi, Telfar explains “We collaborate with artists to make original compositions each time. Music has become just as important as fashion.” This season Oyinda returns in a rustic coloured wig, as well as Selah Marley (daughter of Lauryn Hill & Rohan Marley), Moses Sumney, and Ian Isiah.
Branding is extremely important when starting a luxury brand. The TC logo symbol is engraved into anything the TC team can get their hands on. Just like White Castle and McDonalds logo stand out to us, we cannot help but to get excited when we see a Telfar Clemens logo in public, during day to day activities. We are amazed how Telfar has evolved as a brand after the CFDA fashion fund celebrities from all walks of life who have obviously great taste is supporting our Liberian brother everyday.
On the runway this season we enter into a retro era. Models wear wigs while dressed in a 1950s suave and sleek style. Oversized lapels and collars, dress shoes paired with high waist slacks, tucked in dress tops and the signature Telfar cut-out tee replays. Telfar Clemens has made it clear that he wants us to remember his name and style of design, therefore he kept it simple this season while inviting timelessness. The Budweiser cut and sew repeats throughout the presentation.
Telfar Clemens is diversifying the dialogue of men’s and women’s fashion and stepping out of the boundaries of societal norms.