constructionista: review of laura fulk’s “suffocate”
Tonight, I went to The Lab Theater to see the Suffocate runway show by local designer Laura Fulk. I really enjoyed the fact that this show was focused on the fashions. Many of the fashion events in Minneapolis are accompanied by a lavish party or some sort of band/dj entertainment before hand. It was refreshing to have a very real runway experience.
I had somewhat “prepared” myself for the presentation. Fulk’s is an extremely talented designer with incredible construction. She has a strong aesthetic that is very avant-garde and at times theatrical. I knew what was going to be expected…
Out of the entire presentation, only a handful of looks were wearable. I enjoyed seeing the hand-printed fabrics and the interesting use of fabric and other materials. The show was definitely entertaining, although very few looks were wearable. There was a lot of innovation behind the garments as well. From hoods unfolding to reveal cape-like additions to outfits to twins walking the runway hand in hand in a white dress connected by magnets at the middle only to pull apart and reveal the brightly painted underside of the garment. The runway presentation incorporated many art elements- which is risky with local fashion. The credibility is not yet here in Minneapolis that you can show a collection that is not wearable or consumer friendly.
Overall, I really appreciated the risks that Laura Fulk took. I admire her construction and design skills as well as her modern, almost space-age Ghesquiere meets Hussein Chalayan aesthetic.