Maximalist streetwear filtered through a Seventies glamour lens barely conveys Jerome LaMaar’s newest 5:31 Jérôme collection. His affinity for a “more is more” approach to design produced frayed denim, long flyaway threads, Swarovski crystals and pearl beading — on one jacket alone. The piece, dubbed the “Swarovski jacket,” was cut oversize, bleached 12 times for a light wash, hand-beaded and meant to be worn backward for streetwear effect. It was, by far, the one item that summed up LaMaar’s design aesthetic best.
This season, he looked to the rising tide of our oceans and his notion of a futuristic family portrait (one of multicultural backgrounds) for a kind of disheveled, washed-up look of a lineup done in an array of colors and hues. Loosely knit dresses and tunics were beachwear appropriate, while the mishmash of embellishments were meant to evoke treasures unearthed from the seabed. It was an abundant, whimsical way of approaching streetwear.
Lest anyone begin to think the collection would be seasonally appropriate, LaMaar introduced ostrich feather separates, which he said are much lighter than fox fur but offer the same plushness. “Now is the time to explore more; why not wear a feathered bomber in the summer?” he mused.