He, She, Me

Fashion Cultures Parsons

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Telfar Clemens Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear[1]

During Wednesday’s Fashion Cultures Lecture, Professor Christina Moon interviewed a fashion designer, Telfar Clemens, who has a multicultural background (born in New York and raised in Liberia). Clements introduced a new term, “simplexity,” as his design philosophy and emphasized the fact that his collection is made for both men and women. That struck me as particularly intriguing this week. Though he pointed out that traditional media often responds to social phenomenons slower than the Internet (e.g., Instagram), interestingly, Vogue contributor Katherine Bernard complemented his latest 2015 Spring collection by saying, “Clemens plays with gendered silhouettes and color palettes…in a considered way—he was, after all, first in the wave of designers to find the sweet spot between a man and a woman’s wardrobe.”[2]

Moreover, Clements argued that the Internet tends to normalize social categories and as a result new norms would be created. I…

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