FASHION

A Post-Election Eckhaus Latta Turns Melancholy Into Action for Fall 2017

Photographed by Alex Hodor-Lee

Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta don’t miss a beat when it comes to casting their shows. For Fall 2017, they brought back familiar faces like India Salvor Menuez, Michael Bailey Gates, Camilla Deterre, and artist Susan Cianciolo to show a collection filled with hip-hugging knits and slinky crop tops with blazers and fleece outerwear, all in warm, at times technicolor, tones. This, their first foray into outerwear combined with tighter base layers, was an exploration of personal space both mental and physical, and the way a person’s melancholy can be mobilized for empowerment — especially as it comes to the protests the designers attended in the wake of the presidential election. (In case there was any doubt as to the political underpinnings of the show, the show notes read, “Dreams where you’re choking on a pushpin in the c-suite, or being beaten with an old friend because you live in a police state” — all printed in all-caps.) It promises to be a big year ahead for Eckhaus Latta — they recently showed their first pre-season collection to buyers, and it will hit stores later in the spring — so keep up with every moment behind-the-scenes, as documented by photographer Alex Hodor-Lee, here.

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