The latest from Necessity Sense has us seeing red — filled with the love, passion and anger of a Sensitive Gangster. Inspired by the indie films of East Asia during the ’80s and ’90s, the label’s brand new “Conscious Creatures” collection, which will be available on its website on August 23, presents a contrast between growth and control.
Historically, this period was characterised by a dramatic economic boom, an event that inadvertently bred brand new types of cities and city dwellers. “Conscious Creatures” manifests this period of change into a character. The persona is caught in between worlds; pressured by the norms of tradition in a society that is anything but traditional. Overwhelmed by this stress, he becomes the famed Sensitive Gangster.
Pieces in the collection foreground reds and blues – the colours of both love and blood — set against the renewing hues of the sea. Naturally, the large, colourful prints for which Necessity Sense is known and loved are also weaved into the collection’s designs. Keeping with Necessity Sense‘s unique style, several knitwear selections are also on show, frequently paired with jackets and formalwear quasi reminiscent of school uniforms.
While this collection is definitely inspired by the styles of a particular era, the actual element of nostalgia is somewhat muted. It is instead a sober reflection of the time, blending the influence of this period with the reality of living through it. Through it, one can truly and fully understand how a Sensitive Gangster might come to be.
designs. Steve F. Hsieh
photography. Alien Wang
fashion. Michael Hsieh
visual direction. Alien Wang + Hank Wang
assistant direction. David Witton Davies
hair. Eason Chen
make up. Song Kuanyu
collaboration eyewear. MYKITA
artwork. Kour Pour
special thanks. Eytys + Article Number
location. Taipei, Taiwan