New York Fashion Week F/W’18: Are Designers Prepping For The Apocalypse?

Mylar survival blankets, balaclavas and protective gear – what’s up with the Doomsday attire at New York Fashion Week?

Not to sound like a tape recorder on repeat but the state of things – politics, environment-wise – aren’t really looking great.

From Adolf Twitler (read: Trump) to scientists discovering micro-pieces of plastic in seafood and the recent oil spill in the East China Sea (the worst oil spill since 1991, according to the New York Times), it’s all pretty grim with very real effects (P.S. stay away from seafood).

It might account for why we’re seeing dystopian-ready attire from designers at the ongoing New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. In his third runway show for Calvin Klein, industry bellwether Raf Simons sent out models traipsing out on an actual bed of popcorn that filled the room at least half a foot-deep (yes, that means even big name celebs such as Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Lupita Nyong’o had to wade through the popcorn to get to their seats).

The popcorn-filled runway set at the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC F/W’18 show

What could the popcorn signify? It’s just our guess but the junk food has in recent years become immortalised as an online meme staple, used when readers anticipate a juicy piece of news unfolding. With the shenanigans at the White House unfolding on a weekly basis (the latest being Trump’s lawyer paying off the porn star Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket), one can only expect popcorn-popping to be, well, popped.

(But then again, one has to wonder the significance of filling a runway show – one that typically lasts around 15 minutes – with 50,000 gallons of popcorn. Very real, very edible food, only for people to step on them inevitably, it seems. What does it say about the smoke and mirrors excesses that fashion has long been accused of?)



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