Telfar Clemens is a self-proclaimed anti-Identitarian designer who is trend-agnostic. What that means is he won’t let you easily categorize his work into anything as simple as “unisex” or “gender-fluid design,” though he notes it’s for everyone. Streetwear and sportswear first come to mind when viewing his fall lineup, while his deconstructed garments had an underground quality.
Asked backstage what his inspiration was, the designer simply stated, “the inspiration was clothes.” It was one of those artistic answers that begged more questions. He quickly followed up that the collection infused core winter garments with other non-winter fabrics; taking ideas of how people layer now and creating singular items with mixed fabrics and chopping up garments to form new piecemeal constructions.
Think hybrids like puffer-peacoats, track-jacket dress shirts or denim-infused khakis. Nylon, knits, wool and fleece made appearances as well on oversized hoodies, boatneck sweaters and brightly colored puffers. A few pairs of denim pants mixed with sweatpant material were especially noteworthy for comfort, universal appeal and ingenuity. Why haven’t more people brought together the two most comfortable types of pants before?
“Whatever you want to call it, I’m not necessarily trying to fit into a notch,” he added.