The editorial story, ‘Remastered 99’, is a creative exploration of Vintage Japanese Punk and East Coast Urban styles, brought to life by recording artist, Duckwrth. The story is centred around the characteristics of disruption and rebellion that catalyze individual expression. This idea is personified by the wardrobe styling, setting and overall attitude which was contrived from a place of defiance towards a generative way of thinking and doing to reach a point of individualized and authentic creativity.
To create a culturally relevant depiction of disruption and individual identity, a broader, more global perspective was utilized to formulate a set of looks that melded effortlessly to an irreverent tale of anarchy and venerable expression. An arsenal of references and imagery from Japanese punk magazines, classic New York streetwear, brands such as R13 and Midnight Studios, and sounds from Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains and Santana were disassembled and rearranged to create the framework of what you see within this editorial story.
The essence of rebellion and chaotic order was best transposed by utilizing pieces and textiles such as durable leathers, rugged denim and hard chrome finishes that carried a prominent and somewhat salacious nature. Subtle feminine attributes were then drawn out within the detailing of the looks to juxtapose a predominantly harsh and masculine structure as well as serve towards the visual rendering for vulnerable creative expression. These subtleties are best exemplified by the silhouettes that contribute towards a fluid form and delicate texture including Japanese cotton and yarned laces which create an apparent tactile and visual difference between the layers within each look.
In comparison, whether creating a look, developing a story or producing a song which holds continuity in structure yet individuality in expression, there must be an opportunity for the creative to utilize their sources of inspiration as a catalyst to forgo the process of creation. Whether those sources of inspiration are particular references, emotions or moments in time, an artist must emulate these ideas that exist only in the realm of abstract into something physical that serves as a true depiction of their individuality. To reach these moments of pure expression, the creative process for Duckwrth is just as important as the final product. He is inspired by the full extent of life and the absolute relinquishment of himself into a world of randomness and raw, uncut humanness to create from a space of unfiltered fluidity.
The experiences which lend themselves as fuel for Duckwrth’s creativity involve travelling, resting, living adventurously and spending time in nature. There’s also a large importance on being a student of life within his process of creation as he gravitates towards researching, observing and informing his understanding of music, silhouettes and textiles all in efforts to create an arsenal which to design clothing or music from.
Whether we discuss it in terms of symbolic renderings or literal terms, ‘Remastered’ is nothing more and nothing less than an allegorical portrayal of creative evolution within oneself. It’s the story of the procession itself; the distance between the catalyst of orbital disruption exemplified by angst and rebellion and the greater modes of truth-telling expression. These details and the essence within them can serve as inspiration, and perhaps the catalyst itself, to any creative as they begin to experiment with their periods of ‘procession’ to find and play with what inspires their creativity and remaster that.
This Schön! editorial has been produced by etc
photography. Tyre Thwaites
art direction, creative direction, fashion + writing. Karlita Sutela
video. Rasheed Ingram
location. China Town, New York City, New York