Americana, the modern way. This is Chris Leba’s vision for R13, which was deeply rooted in all things grunge. Drawing inspiration by the Hutterites in North America, we learn a bit of history: their colonies are spread across the northern plains of the US from the Dakotas to Oregon. How they dress? A colorful, mix of bold colors and patterns in a functional utility manner that deeply influenced R13’s fourth runway collection.
Mixing and matching is the name of the game for Spring/Summer 2018: graphic t’s and floral skirts are paired with tartan and plaid with two-tone details. R13’s signature, denim, was widely seen. An open suit with flared legs as well as separates with visible seams were present. Footwear also consisted of denim, and was a new take on the scrunchy boot. The apron was also a noted item and perhaps the star of the show: consisting of plaid, leopard or solid (which were layered on floral-printed dresses) made a nice constrast with Dr. Martin boots.
Like many designers, Leba couldn’t resist throwing a little bit of political cues in the mix. NASCAR trucker hates, cowboy boots, bandanas and giant belt buckles gave off a western theme, and also perhaps was a call to the MAGA movement. On the opposite spectrum, Leba took opposing fabrics, silhouettes and patterns and entwined them onto wears, which can perhaps be a nod to the diversity that America holds. One thing is for sure, R13 did in fact prove that America is indeed great [again] when it comes to the creative minds of fashion. JENNIFER STEVENS