I love Juvenile Hall Rollcall. It’s been a while since I last wrote about this brand, but you may remember the patched denim, huge knits and bits of bone that ensured JHRC have remained on my fashion radar ever since.
Part of what I like to refer to as the ‘Root magazine crew’ ( some of the most exciting young Japanese designers such as Banal Chic Bizarre, Hiro and Christian Dada – the latter is now gaining well-deserved international recognition, and well done to him!), Juvenile Hall Rollcall’s latest collection somewhat macabrely titled “Do you realise everyone you know will someday die?”, (from “Do you realise??” by The Flaming Lips, wiki tells me it’s also the official rock song of Oklahoma…). This may seem a little crass in light of recent events, but let’s get a bit Buddhist for a moment and look at it in terms of reincarnation and transcendence into other realms. I think there’s a freedom that comes with the acceptance of one’s own mortality, and as someone who’s been to more than their fair share of funerals, I know there’s nothing to be afraid of. Ultimately it’s a collection that embraces the knowledge of death, while being glad to be alive; an interesting contrast. Can you translate this into clothing?
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I know it’s difficult, but try not be distracted by the creepy photos behind!
Love this detail shot.
I am unashamedly taken with the huge knitted chains. Reminds me of the long plait of fake hair that I have yet to work into an outfit…
Although the collection was titled before March 11th, there’s a simplicity and a sense of quiet that comes through in the dark colours and under-worked shapes that, unknowingly, has captured the mood of many people.
I think this is a pretty strong collection for Juvenile Hall Rollcall, and I’m eagerly awaiting the styling for the lookbook. Personaly, I’d say it’s pretty unisex even though for this presentation a male model was used – wait, am I thinking it’s unisex just because I want to wear it?