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Escape from the Asylum

New York…Nice Collective

For their first-ever runway showing, designers Joe Haller and Ian Hannula made quite an impact with their 12 Monkeys-inspired collection of body conscious clothes. Just like in the movie, the models had looks of escaped mental patients in a post-apocalyptic future. The bonded feeling of the show manifested in the form of stretchy latex being used on the arms, the legs and an entire body suit with contrasting piping. The rugged combat boots made for an interesting contrast to the very skinny leg created by the tights worn on many models. Heavy canvas parkas became a kind of protective armor, an underlying theme explored time and time again this season. The styling of the collection had a “thoughtless” quality about it, meaning it literally looked like each man suddenly jumped out of bed and escaped out of a window with whatever he could grab (like a pea coat with nothing but boxer shorts and boots).

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