We’re living in mutinous times, a reality that was affirmed by the startling result of the U.S. presidential race, yet detected much prior by creatives. The Spring runways saw planners reexamining prep gauges, as well as going up against—and dismantling—the foundation of the formal Wall Street uniform: the stick striped suit.
Since quite a while ago connected with financiers, the stick striped suit imparts power, power, and manliness. Indeed, even criminals became tied up with the legend of the pinstripe: sign Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. In the 1980s, insatiability was added to that rundown after Michael Douglas played the voracious agent Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Both men brought home Oscars for their parts—obviously pinstripes constituted a triumphant search for them. They can for you, as well, if deconstructed and worn with postmodern swagger, à la Off-White’s lopsidedly joined invert pinstripes. Somewhere else, Sacai’s Chitose Abe destroyed the trad suit into a vest and worn out shorts, while at Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia gave it linebacker bears and matched it with a pink shirt and stocking boots with executioner stiletto heels: so cash.