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Corsets for Men & Punk Goes Pink at Sext Pixels: NYFW SS18 Trend Report

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 14 September 2017

Sarah Lathrop of the indie New York label Sext Pixels (noted as an emerging brand to watch by WGSN trend forecaster Kara Mullins) called her SS18 show at Beverly’s in the Lower East Side on September 11 “Strawberry, Banana Punk.” Indeed, the designer, whose contemplative, giggly personality comes through in the aesthetic of her designs, lives for paradoxes and ironic couture.

This season, Lathrop adopted a version of fashion’s protest slogan T-shirt, however modified it by hand-sewing a fitted corset just under the breast. “I wanted to make them for men as well as women,” she says. “Why should corsets be limited to women?”

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“Corsets do the same thing for the body on men as they do on women,” the designer explains, which is to create a defined silhouette. Historically, corsets have limited a woman’s movement, a trend picked up recently by Kardashian-approved waist trainers, but that’s not the designer’s intent with her SS18 corset. Each T-shirt is custom-fitted and sewn to accommodate the wearer’s sense of comfort.

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The collection also featured the brand’s signature use of plastic, creating an element of fantasy dressing reminiscent of the late ’90s club era.

There was heavy homage to Friends and Britney Spears circa 2000, when the millennium was kicking off and times were in a similar state of socio-political upheaval to what’s going down right now.

On their faces, models wore labels (resembling Bandaids) that read “Sext Piexels,” but hinted at a wound beneath the fantasy and lust for nostalgia.

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What was up with the Bandaids? A play on identity politics? The politics of identity? Millennial marketing? Hashtag culture? A culture where people become brands? All interpretations feel relevant.

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Models took the show outside Beverly’s where they frolicked in the park, reminding New Yorkers to have fun with New York Fashion Week (NYFW).  Lathrop says of the above picture, “The dude crouching in the front isn’t even in my presentation.” She laughs, whimsically. After all, doesn’t NYFW hinge on fantasy?

For purchase inquires, visit Sext Pixels online.