Recently, we discussed if menswear requires dedicated fashion weeks. However, one wonders, "If menswear captivated and inspired from a brand standpoint, would that even be a question?" In today's modern climate, fashion is a global industry so it's no surprise that many of the industry's top labels have gone commercial. However, does creativity need to suffer?
Striking images and engaging runway shows possess the ability to create magic moments. Those unique experiences can pave the way for recognizable brands. Take for example, Hedi Slimane's tenure at Saint Laurent. While critics may have suggested that Slimane recreated popular music era looks from head to toe, Slimane's product had a defined aesthetic. In that, it brought a much needed drama to fashion. Making a case for creative expression, we revisit key labels and their spin on the matter at hand.
John Galliano's Theatrics
If you're looking to explore drama in menswear, look no further than classic John Galliano. When the designer was still at the helm of his namesake label, he was known for his theatric productions. Each season was met with a grand theme and a dramatic runway show. Approaching his fall-winter 2011 show, Galliano took inspiration from ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The result was a trip to Russia and a lavish showing of furs and decadent fashions. Resting on the more bold end of the menswear spectrum, Galliano masterfully blended historical references with fearless contemporary style.
Dolce & Gabbana Courts Controversy
Dolce & Gabbana is the perfect brand for studies when it comes to modern fashion advertising. Long before the label embraced millennial influencers, they were courting controversy. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana not only created memorable collections, but provoking advertising campaigns.
Dolce & Gabbana's fall-winter 2006 campaign sparked outrage, particularly with the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority. The controversial
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