Where last season Palm Angels creative director Francesco Ragazzi took inspiration from the muddy fields of Woodstock ’69, FW17 saw the designer look to his own youth, for a collection steeped in 90s nostalgia. “It’s the idea of a guy graduating from an Ivy League school in New York and starting to work in a bank… and eventually losing the job,” Ragazzi said.
Showing in Milan for the first time, Ragazzi translated this narrative into a sort of fraternity-formal wardrobe mash-up. Branded hoodies under woollen overcoats, zip-up American football polo shirts under tailored tracksuit blazers and trainers paired with suit trousers. Not to mention baggy jeans with low-hanging key chains, a throwback to that notoriously bad 90s fad nu-metal.
Through black sunglasses models’ blank expressions matched menacing styling: layers of hoods, scarves and hats, and thick branded belts, bags and chokers. Like a Harmony Korine vision of Gordon Gekko quitting wall street and becoming a Juggalo. Weird? You bet. Good? Hell yeah.
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