By Alexander Patino
POSTED September 10, 2011
MBFW NEW YORK
The Apocalypse is the Ultimate Make It Work Moment Moment
Asher Levine has been making a name for himself in the industry for his outside-the-box approach to menswear design, notwithstanding his young age and the fact that he has Lady Gaga
for a fan. Darkness reigns in Asher Levine's Spring/Summer for 2012. Utilizing the vision of a world-wide pandemic to explore the transfigurative, Levine's men comprised the survivors and
the exposed, the latter of which sprouted monstrous sculpted leather gauntlets out of their arm sockets, breaking out of daily wares, like tattered trousers.
On the men not sprouting polyps and genetically mutated limbs, those frayed trousers suggested a makeshift lifestyle - a way of making clothes work with immediacy (Something you can
run out the house with when you bring the clothes back to the real world) That whole patchwork of found items motif continued with some of the button-up shirts with contrast pockets, as
well as the black straps that came on almost everything, like back-up emergency hospital tape.
If there was something savagely Spartan, even a bit present-day taboo about the opening pair of neoprene latex enamel speedos, there was an equal balance of easy masculine generosity
in the proportions of the mechanic-esque cotton cargo jumpsuits. In both cases, and everywhere in between, the tropes involved played on the ultimate masculine role - the essence of the
manly, action hero survivor. Levine's was a nicely conceived, convincing package and this kind of macabre, and slightly silly, theatricality is what people are now starting to expect from the
precocious designer, but to see his man after the deluge - now that would be interesting to see. That's food for thought for the next collection.