Here’s a brief look at C2H4 Spring/Summer 2018, presented at NYFWM at Skylight Clarkson Square. The designer is based in Los Angeles, CA.
For a fashion show, C2H4 was unexpectedly quiet and distant. The only sounds during the show were the clicks, whirs and high-tech whistles of a 21st-century space craft, a very low constant hum and perfect white lighting demanded attention of the garments. It was a show that dwelled on place in a way no other show did. Who said every fashion show must have pounding bass and slapping beats? The most incredible thing about C2H4 was the deft lightness of it all. Set upon a spacecraft, guests were transported to a laboratory of cosmic importance- a laboratory decked out in Kappa gear- the historic Italian sports label that has gone through a number of collaborations- the most successful being this C2H4 show. It was a show that was a peaceful respite from a hectic week- the first portion involved a “liftoff” in which guests witnessed yellow cargo shorts and jackets down the runway- like earth-based workers prepping the craft. Then suits and a variety of outerwear served as the uniform of the craft- Kappa detailing in a sterile and elegant nylon sea foam green. The title, “Undecayable”, tapped a unique permanence to the collection, the need for durable quality, and the deniability of loss.
We chatted backstage with Axe stylist John Rudiant about the hair look at C2H4.
John Rudiant: What we did was, beside all the gray and pearl gray spray, what we did for a base was the salt spray for the longer hair. It gives a messy texture to it. We’d pull back the hair after blow dried then tied it in a knot to hang it half up, half down. From there, we used a bit of the Messy Look paste to get the matte look. We just rub it through. Then Kryolan spray would be use to make out the gray color.