Curious Trends


Cover-up clothing and accessories

Get ready for the great cover-up. This is partly a back lash against the overt sexualisation of fashion in a media-led, celebrity crazed world. But the curious trend also reflects a growing desire for privacy, at a time when life is lived almost entirely in the public eye. It’s not just an attempt to retain anonymity, but also to engender a greater sense of curiosity and mystery, rarely encountered amidst the uniformity of mainstream fashion.

Lynn Openshaw’s bloom covered balaclavas offer colour and concealment, though it was rumoured that balaclavas may be banned in the UK, after their use in the recent riots. For those wishing to keep warm in a less extrovert manner, simple woollen balaclavas, suitable for ski holidays and cold weather, are also getting a designer makeover.

Sophie Peterken’s arty headgear (below and above top) provides a more conceptual solution to keeping the wearer’s identity under wraps. Her designs show “how masks are used to show or shield those parts of ourselves which we are not willing to share with the world.”

Dr Noki’s NHS designs are a statement against mass produced fashion branding. The re-worked second hand clothing designs are one-off ethical pieces, marketed as wearable art. Dr Noki studied at Edinburgh School of Art and has previously worked with Helen Storey, Whitaker Malem and Owen Gastor, from whom he learnt “eco-thinking, arts and crafts and futuristic thinking.” His trademark piece is The Noki-SOB (Suffocation of Branding) mask, which can be seen in these photographs (from Dazed Digital):

The total body cover-up is also an option, and morphsuits have become popular for wear at music festivals and Halloween parties.

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