Back in the day when garments were handmade, nearly everything was asymmetrical. Sleeves were slightly off and patchwork signified frugal living. With the evolution of mass market technology and overseas production, asymmetry has taken a back seat, proving that sameness sells, particularly when the tween market is buying. As it often goes when trends become the norm, designers resurface classically ancient styles, merging them with bizarre twists. Ashish, an up and coming star in the UK, showcased a collection of fiercely vibrant designs during London Fashion week, merging ostentatious safari trends with asymmetrical sleeve details. Following suit, brilliant fashion illustrations can be found in the February edition of Citizen K Magazine, highlighting a Little Marc giraffe sweater.
The commercialization of arm detailing is an interesting oxymoron, particularly when it bears rebellious roots. Comme des Garçons, a continual front runner in fashion trends has toned down it’s usual flair with this dip-dyed shirt from their PLAY line. Kazuo presents an extremely tame version of textile patchwork, though it should be noted that when I googled the company name, a mesmerizing film popped up, documenting the escape of a factory fabric roll. Adding a feminine twist to this trend, Luella’s one-shoulder cocktail dress incorporates varied textures to convey confident elegance.