Isn't the way snow lingers (or doesn't) a bit inspiring? There's something very wabi-sabi about the way whatever the snow was covering is revealed once again as though new upon its melting. Similarly there's something quite ghostlike about the way the dusting of a snowfall covers leaves like fog covering a ship in the harbor. The simple dusting or remnants of that perfect white gives off an unfinished or faded aura that when paired against the contrasting things in nature and our everyday lives seem almost like an eerie yet peaceful dance.
Similarly, I find it fascinating how things get dirty, aged or weathered. The riding saddle bleached by the sun, the building tops graduated in soot or the handle of your workbag stained from perspiration again all tell a story in that wabi-sabi way of how the surface may change but the value of the article beneath still exists. Even the grooved lines in skin show age but also embodies character and experience. What strikes us as so artistically intriguing from the snow and nature to nature, age and wear is how it is such a natural progression unforced by our hands and at the mercy of time and the elements.
For Fall 2012, some menswear designers used their creative talents in recreating signs of distress, fading, frosting and soiling on their appropriate medium of choice. What's beautiful about the techniques are that they're seamless which adds levels of both mystery and beauty together with an air of patient artisanal craftsmanship. Whether it was woven, knit or skin the following designers are artistically aware of the harmony that can exist in the natural order of life and the environment.
L to R: Ann Demeulemeester, Carlos Campos and Band of Outsiders
L to R: Carlos Campos, Robert Geller and Ann Demeulemeester
L to R: Issey Miyake, Ann Demeulemeester and Just Cavalli
L to R: Rag n Bone, Robert Geller and Raf Simons
L to R: John Varvatos, Rag n Bone and Versace
L to R: Salvatore Ferragamo, John Varvatos and Iceberg
*Photo courtesy of Style.com