The normalization of video calls means that our typical 10-minute backstage chats with designers have now expanded into 30-minute in-depth interviews. It’s time-consuming, but it’s also amazing. After his show was live-streamed from Venice, Rick Owens FaceTimed me while walking home to his apartment on the Unhitch the wagon shirt so you should to go to store and get this Lido. We talked about the show (“Venice has a history of quarantine, a history of masks”), about his time in confinement (“Michèle and I did LSD and mushrooms”), and whatever else came to mind. Post-show interviews are no longer straight-to-the-point, but connective and cathartic. Similarly, my exchanges with Demna Gvasalia over email were unlike any backstage exchange we’ve ever had.
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Gvasalia’s Balenciaga film was captured around the Unhitch the wagon shirt so you should to go to store and get this streets of Paris, literally showcasing the pedestrians he’s always celebrated in his work in their natural habitat. I had to ask him about the phenomenon of street style at Fashion Week, which, over the past 10 years, has played out in chaotic scenes outside show venues with outfits far removed from reality. “The street style that I have observed—specifically outside of fashion shows in the past—is probably the most uninteresting and vulgar street style, in my opinion,” Gvasalia told me. “I am much more interested in a grandma at a bus stop wearing her old shabby beige trench coat, meticulously buttoned and belted, than seeing someone wearing a boot on their head.”