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Linder Fall 2019 Menswear Collection Review

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Linder Fall 2019 Menswear Collection Review
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When one thinks of the Romanovs, tied silk scarf tops and boxer-like shorts rarely come to mind. Confusingly enough, these were the pieces that Kirk Millar presented for Linder's Fall 2019 Menswear collection that was apparently inspired by the aforementioned historical figures. Despite the effort, there was clearly a disconnect between the references and the output!
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Positives
A Lot of Streetwear
Historical Narrative
Luxurious Silk Scarves
Well-Constructed Outerwear
Negatives
Extremely Basic Pieces
Questionable Styling Choices
Tacky Fur Pants
No Sense of Cohesion
Too Deconstructed
Awkward Boxer-esque Shorts
Misplaced Fur Stole
3.2
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For Fall 2019, designer Kirk Millar took on the tragic yet ostentatious idea of the Romanovs as inspiration. But instead of presenting a well-made opulent wardrobe as many would expect with such a reference, Millar deconstructed the notions of wealth, power, and exuberance and turned them into streetwear staples for Linder. There were still hints of classic wealth in the mix, such as the sublimely luxurious silk scarves worn as both accessories and as twisted tops on frail effeminate male bodies, and fur hats and stoles that were as vintage as can be. Despite the tragic narrative, the colors were quite bright and vivid here, like the vibrant crimson that colored a well-tailored set of separates and a multi-colored block striped sweater. But even with such a specific idea in mind, the collection as a whole seemed incoherent and downright confusing. There were some desirable pieces here and there—especially the outerwear—but in essence, there were too many ideas, inconsistent to say the least, that made the overall impact weaker than realized. No doubt the streetwear pieces will sell, but if this young brand wants to make a dent on the fashion industry, they’re going to have to do a lot better in the next few seasons.

Photo: Courtesy of Linder

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