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2018 comes to a close and America is still in the midst of political turmoil. But then again, when isn’t it? This fall season, the midterm elections took place, of which the outcome could shape the very way in how our country will continue to operate politically and socially, in the years to come.
Yet, one of the very few things that has stayed the most consistent – making up the values of the collective nation, throughout the many generations upon generations – is the red, white, and blue design of the American flag: a symbol that has always embodied the foundations of what the United States of America, strives to stands for. Though, today, the state of our nation may look to be torn at the very seams, the flag will always represent the country’s independence, the rights, liberties and freedoms; but most importantly the people’s unity. It is a reminder of the hardships the USA has faced and a glimpse into the future triumphs, that will have to be overcome. It is a symbol, one that we can look at together and share with each other, in times of fear, hate, and even rebellion.
There were four labels that touched on the dual nature of the symbol; each celebrating the encompassing meaning of what is has come to stand for, in their own way.
Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2018 Collection:
Ralph Lauren, created a straightforward knitted sweater; this carried the nation’s sacred colors, in a large flag plastered onto the chest.
Russian sportswear 'it designer' of the moment, Gosha Rubchinski, used the USA flag alongside the Russian and Japanese nation flags; both graphics seen on a scarf and cut off shirt, alongside his military utility inspired fits.
Gosha Rubchinski Fall/Winter 2018 Collection:
But Heron Preston and Willy Chavarria took a more streetwear approach to the symbol. Notedly, Heron Preston paid mention to the rising trend of NASA inspired street gear. Besides being finished off with USA patches, the metallic silver allowed this look to stand out even more.
Heron Preston Fall/Winter 2018 Collection:
On the flip side, Willy Chavarria used an inverted flag to get a desired esthetic. This was one that inherently reminded me of the upside-down flag logo, from the Netflix Original series, “House of Cards”. Maybe, it's a perfect metaphor about how the country has been turned upside down? You can decide for yourself.
Willy Chavarria Fall/Winter 2018:
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.