by Iulian Suman
Women have requested practical garments for ages. Most of the time womenswear contains tiny impractical pockets which can hardly fit a smartphone.
Sometimes trousers have fake pockets functioning as decoration . During the last two seasons the designers heard the women’s complaints and in true fashion style offered utilitarian details in the garments, both for men and women.
What is techwear?
Techwear has always been related to the idea of urban mobility. During the last two seasons teachwear has made its long waited breakthrouhg on the fashion scene. From a design perspective it includes utility, functionality as well as a futuristic vibe. Until now techwear was a niche and reflected the few that had extensive streetwear knowledge and could afford the price of brands as Acronym, Cloudburst, Y3 and Nike Lab ACG.
Photos Holy Grail Official and Urbainhomme
Techwear includes though not limited to these features; military design, workwear aesthetics, waterproof and breathable fabrics such as gore-Tex. The garments also include buckles and straps, masks and hoodies, waterproof zippers and sealed seams.
Techwear is functional because the garments are constructed with the movements of the human body in mind. This allows the wearer to move freely, without being constricted at the shoulders, elbows or knees. Techwear is functional because it has a lot of storage space. Zipped pockets, modular attachments and harnesses increase the carrying capacity of the clothes.
Why is High Fashion Brands embracing Techwear?
Lately the trend has been embraced by high-end designers. What was the reason? Is it the global warming, the tension on the contemporary political landscape? Do the fashion houses aim to create garments for political and climate change?
One of the designers that made a statement about the above was Miuccia Prada. Backstage at Prada Fall 2019 she said:
“You’re not pretentious in fashion, but I’m aware of what’s happening outside, of all the problems,” she said . “But still, [I am] a luxury company. And I have to be careful what I say. People ask me to become a politician but I don’t want to …”
Like the designers we are ready for social and political action, we embrace the practical and functional trend painted in bold and neon colors. If it is going to be a revolution, it will be one we are happy to see.
The first big luxury fashion house that had completely embraced the trend was Christian Dior. Their pre-Fall 2019 collection featured an aesthetic utility, futuristic silhouettes, heavily buckled ensembles and high-tech harnesses.
Dior Pre Fall 2019, photos Media Pushas
All the accessories and jewelries were made by Alyx’s Mathew Williams. The successful collaboration between a street wear brand (Alyx) and a luxury brand, sets the standards for the revival of tech-wear.
Military style, fishermen attire and law enforcers uniforms, mainly seen in menswear, has mades its way on the runaway of major womenswear fashion houses like Prada and Chloe.
Who needs a bag when you have pocketed gilets, funny packs and harnesses? Next season is all about safe keeping in pockets placed generously all over the body.
Dior added utility harnesses in shiny fabrics. Kim Jones sent models on the runway on heavy duty rubber harnesses and even a couple of harnesses in mink.
Dior Pre Fall 2019, photos Media Pushas
Acne Studios incorporated zipped compartments on sweaters and found in unusual source of inspiration in farmwork-wear. Virgil Abloch created jackets and body warmers with multiple pockets. Vetement introduced face masks and workwear.
Louis Vuitton, Acne Studios, Vetements, Photos Vogue.com
Takahiromiyashita the Soloist, helmed by Takahiro Miyashita was one of the highlights of Paris Fashion Week, with his layered armors in hight tech fabrics. Buckles and straps were everywhere on the apocalyptic rubberized and zipped garments. Art and excess were prevalent in this bold collection, which shown astonishing technical skills and high creative ambitions.
The Soloist, FW2019, Photo Vogue. com
Prada embraced the armed forces making a political statement in our heavily charged times. Miuccia presented her own take on the MA-1 jacket, deconstructing it and isolating the pockets in order to place them on beautifully crafted gowns.
Prada, Fall 2019, Photos Vogue.com
2019 is bringing technology into the mainstream, with the contribution of luxury brands, as well as with the help of popular brands such as Nike and Adidas. Finally, this trend will rise and become a leader in the streetwear culture.