Costume Dept. has a new Autumn/Winter ’09 Look Book for that a$$ and they are definitely bringing the drama on this one. Like a true stage production, this line definitely involves playing dress-up. Each “costume” tells the audience a little bit about the character’s role, but in a true “show, don’t tell” fashion, the looks also rely heavily on the use of illusion. The sheer fabrics don’t give away the ending because they are in such dark colors (like the Women’s black Trench Top) while the nude, skin color fabrics are done in a thicker, t-shirt-like material, (shown with the Bustier Top and the Cuff Leggings). For most of the looks there are only subtle references to bare skin, but then they go and throw some real nudity in at the end to showcase the fabulous printed leggings. How theatrical of them!
The visual trickery continues in the line with a fancy Fringe Hoodie mimicking a burka, Good and Evil Leggings which channel Ms. Cruella Deville, and a men’s Mickey Tee which features the famous mouse’s widow’s peak as opposed to showing his ears (Note: good way to get out of obtaining a licensing agreement from Disney). The men’s Lapel Tee presents a new vision for formal wear, and we hope Costume Dept.’s version takes the place of the ubiquitous “tuxedo shirt” that has been the go-to for slackers for ages. The women’s Global Currency Tee is a twist on the typical logo t-shirt, because what looks just like another YSL joint is really a tee depicting currency symbols for the Yen, American dollar sign, and pound. Costume Dept. continuously manages to make you question what you are REALLY seeing – even right down to the models – who are all dressed in a non-gender-specific way.
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The pieces which steal the show include: the Grand Floral Leggings, the Multi-Color Polkadot leggings, the Hibiscus Flower Lace Leggings in white (which would go really well with some vintage L.A. Gears), and the Vintage Leggings, which are kind-of like a Coogi sweater for the gams. If you want to be really safe you can grab a pair of the Harem Leggings that are extremely popular right now. Rock them with some boss kicks and hopefully, you will inspire others to make their velour tracksuits magically disappear. Visit the Costume Dept. site to learn more.
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