By Michelle Lee
This past year was difficult to embrace, with feelings of conflict, disunity and sadness throughout — emotions that made people thankful to leave behind 2016. But the fashion industry — and consumers — faced a holiday miracle when high-fashion brands Vetements and Comme des Garçons released their sweater collaboration on Dec. 27.
The two brands have worked together to create three sweaters along the themes of gay, lesbian and fetish, according to Dover Street Market New York’s Instagram. Although the collection features only three pieces, each includes a purposeful design in support of the LGBTQ community. Designs range from rainbow stripes and a double-bladed ax — a sign used since the 1970s to represent the lesbian community, feminism and women’s strength — to black-and-royal-blue stripes with a red heart to represent the leather pride flag.
DSMNY sells the collection exclusively in New York and London as well as its e-shop for $625. The company’s Instagram displays the collection with grainy, vintage-looking visuals showcasing male models wearing the sweaters.
Although there’s not much inside information about the collection yet, it will be interesting to see the mindset of the creative directors, Rei Kawakubo (CDG) and Demna Gvasalia (Vetements), and their purpose behind the collaboration. Hopefully, other fashion brands will also come together in the new year to work on collections that stand for a cause.