For lack of a better statement, this collection kicked mediocrity in the junk! Sid has really taken his creative skills and added a strong theme to this seasons collection.
Sid seemed to draw inspirations from the Edo period and made excellent up-do’s and strong sharp eyebrows to exaggerate the feel of the collection.
All of the looks were a mix of leather, wood, and wool pieces and from them came a collection that certainly pushed the boundaries of conceptual fashion. The downside of conceptual fashion is that is can be misunderstood, and though more and more designers are bridging the gap between retail-friendly and fashion future there is still many buyers and retailers that are choosing safe over spectacular.
Overall I could see myself in many of these clothes and really respect Sid’s push for androgyny and more specifically, men in skirts. Not that I want desperately to wear a skirt, but I would love the option to. Sid Neigum also used international model Andrej Pejic who opened the show in a sheer shirt and an amply shouldered women’s jacket that just looked killer. This is the kind of fashion that america needs. The kind that sits on your face and leaves you delirious!
I had an opportunity to talk to Sid after the show and ask him about his move to the big apple and wooden shoes!
- Androgyny was very prevalent in your collection and one of the main trends in your show from men in skirts to prominent eyebrows on the female models where did that come from?
“I don’t know I guess I have always been into that, Women as men and men as women and blurring that boundary So I really like to play that up which I why I had Andrej open the show which I thought was excellent and we made him look like a woman and there were guys made up like women and women like men. I don’t know if it came from a certain place but I enjoyed myself.”
- It was beautiful! and Andrej is SO talented I can’t wait to interview him afterwards! So tell me about the shoes the wooden platforms, they appeared hand made and complimented the collection perfectly.
“Those were made, my uncle and I made them in his shop basically I made a prototype out of foam and then we went from there made one out of wood, got some girls to try it on and it seemed like it worked out. I think there was one fall but it wasn’t from the wooden shoes so there we go!”
- So more on a personal note, how was it moving from Drayton Valley to Edmonton then to New York?
“Crazy! I mean just the population it’s so different, such a different place. I like the city, I love the hustle bustle of the city, I like the action. So much stuff going on all the time 24 hour everything, that’s amazing. So yeah I love the city.”
- Do you find that it inspires your collection?
“Absolutely! I mean… both do in a sense because I love the small town but yeah [big] city more so.”