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Scherer Gonzalez 2008

Shout Out: Style Bubble Celebrates the Grotesque


German designer Scherer Gonzalez's couture creations border on the grotesque, and Style Bubble is mesmerized. The label draws on forgotten Germanic traditions, delving into its rich folkloric past to create otherworldly designs for the modern century. We'll take dark and subversive over cheerfully uninspired any day, and any line that references creepy fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, anyone?) is okay in our book. The line has tapped into the fact that there's something so intriguing in these absurd, gruesome, and sometimes horrific tales that make them loved by so many. This concept manifests itself in their work, in which tumor-like shapes might emerge from a bum, elaborate seams resemble medical stitches, and trailing swathes of dip-dyed fabric evoke dragons or sea monsters.

There's no denying that Scherer Gonzalez displays considerable sartorial prowess in technique, and regardless of whether we love or hate the final result, we always have respect for the craft. A dizzying amount of techniques are layered into each garment. In fact, it looks like no complicated stitching or pintucking was left unutilised. Save for a few of the fashion world's eccentrics who might actually wear them, these over-the-top designs represent fashion as spectacle, a realm we sometimes like to escape to when we're bored to tears with the confines of ready-to-wear. This morning, we feel thoroughly refreshed.

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