Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Known for her futuristic proclivities, Junko Shimada envisioned a post-apocalyptic tribe settling into a new frontier for the spring. Buttery suede was worked into staples of the Old West — jodhpurs, dusters, Pocahontas jagged-edged dresses, and poncho tops. Native American motifs were deconstructed into colorful beadwork, Op Art prints, and inky ikats. An openwork crochet outlined with swirls of heavy rope and trimmed with fringe presented the traditional in a modern way. The protective element that characterizes futuristic dress came in the form of ingeniously-draped front bodices that extended into hoods. Cool surfaces like black lacquered leather, gold coil necklaces, and Lucite blocks under platform shoes bridged the time gap, marrying the primitive with the synthetic.
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