Natasha Zinko x Duoltd Fall 2021 Menswear

Natasha Zinko x Duoltd Fall 2021 Menswear

For those who think 21st-century fashion can be dangerous, consider the crinoline. During the 19th century these huge hooped skirts, customarily worn in genteel parlors that were mostly lit by candles and warmed by open flame, were hazardous indeed. A Google search will tell you crinoline fires canceled around 3,000 women—surely that seems as exaggerated as the crinoline’s silhouette—but what’s not in doubt is that those victims included Oscar Wilde’s two half-sisters.

A contemporary etching of a flaming crinoline found its way onto the mood board for this mother and son crafted collection. Natasha and Ivan had actually been researching garments that represented antiestablishment upheaval—pieces of wearable unrest—while the crinoline’s danger rested in just how conventional it was. Yet all was fuel to the fire of a fun collection in which were heaped tropes that ran from the sansculottes of 1789 to Princess Diana circa the 1980s. Lady Di’s black sheep sweater—recently riffed on by Lanvin, then faithfully reproduced by Rowing Blazers—returned to the field here less literally along with punk leathers, Antoinette-ish corsetry, and hippie florals and bell-bottoms. The Zinkos spoke of “freedom, tension, and intention” down the Zoom and all three were evident in looks worn beyond gender convention that eddied between French maids outfits, Bridgerton referencing gowns, bro-wear, and more. It was all a little haphazard, but that anarchy was kind of the point.

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