Eckhaus Latta Is Breaking down Fashion Boundaries
Many labels have taken on the theme of modern deconstruction in their collections, though few are able to pull off the aesthetic as well as Eckhaus Latta. Founded in 2011 by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, Eckhaus Latta has firmly established itself as an avant-garde brand that is not afraid to push boundaries. Despite being relatively young, the brand has already developed a cult following, especially in NYC, and celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Troye Sivan have been spotted wearing their pieces around town.
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What’s refreshing about Eckhaus Latta is their attitude towards fashion; they are known for rejecting gender binaries and pushing the limits of what is acceptable and “wearable,” which makes their approach to design feel more authentic. The designers’ DIY vibe adds a certain rawness that can be difficult to find nowadays. Their runway shows reflect this sentiment perfectly, from the unconventional models to the not-so-glamorous settings (for example, the SS19 show was held at the top floor of a metal factory in Bushwick, a far subway ride away from most NYFW shows). Such choices would feel gimmicky for other brands, but the clothes prove that Eckhaus Latta is not a fleeting trend, but rather the beginning of an empire. The brand’s use of unexpected fabrics and the way it plays with textures and silhouettes takes staple pieces and transforms into wearable works of art.
Eckhaus Latta already has a number of achievements under their belt. Not only were they one of nine finalists for the 2018 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, but they also opened their show Possessed at the Whitney Museum, making them the subject of the first fashion-related exhibit for the museum in 21 years.
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