THE RE\VIEW: AN ITEM CATALOG OF EXCLUSIVE RUNWAY REVIEWS, CRITIQUES & CULTURAL EVENTS, PAYING RESPECT TO THE WORLDS OF FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & ART.
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I stood there, shoulder to shoulder with the rising Designer, Victor Barragán. We were at the very forefront of his intentionally, less-than glamorous city apartment set-design, created by Rubén Gutiérrez. As Barragán spoke directly with a woman intrigued by his past work, I casually whispered back and forth with his close friends and surrounding entourage, about the theme of the show. Was I about to witness a change of direction for the artist? I thought: perhaps he was debuting a new home collection in conjunction with his eponymous label. After all, the collection title was Home Décor and thats exactly what It looked to be at first glance. But after the venue filled up to the brim, the set became much, much more.
Models came out in a skit setting; some to water the surrounding fake flowers, while others vacuumed and dusted the set items. Another model threw her legs up on the PVC pipe couch, in which the cushions were made of – what looked to be – a clear vinyl, stuffed with mix mediums such as, image clippings and packing-peanut filling. Each part of the collection was sassy and slouchy, as were the models who performed their carefree poses.
One male model went so far as to emulate doing a bump of cocaine, off of the glass side table. The engagement with the models and the crowd was very raw; it had an appeal for the rough-around-the-edges, type. But the over all vibe of the content was relaxed. You could say it was the perfect come-down, from a hectic week
I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Yet, even though I was in perfect glance of the next act to come out at my right, I tried to not let my eyes drift away, too much, from the forest-green puffer coats grasping around the neck. That guessing game, which I allowed myself to experience, kept me very engaged and completely entertained; enough for me to stay for a second round of the showing.
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But there also come a point, in which I had to ask myself: where was the line? Was it in the hands of the designer, the models and spectators, or potentially in the eyes of the streets? Maybe, all of the above. Yet, if there had been a line at all, Barragán completely overwrote it. That’s his style and frankly, I finally understood it.
Days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months, and then I began to wonder: why in the world, wasn’t I hearing much about this particular showcase? After all, Barragán had just made its first big social media wave and NYFW debut, in the previous season. It was as if Victor Barragán, had remained New York’s best kept secret; but that was for now, anyways.
For me, he posed questions about the living conditions, one undergoes in a city environment; (such as, existing in New York City) where rent and living costs are high, but the fashion expectation is even higher. His streetwear voice may have been birthed on minimal resources, when he relocated from Mexico City to NYC, but he also proves, that you could live in an industrial pit-hole, all while still looking fresh off the runway. In this case, consider that any day of the damn week.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an 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 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 design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.