Maybe it’s just an East Coast thing, but one of the most exciting things about summertime in the city is the random smattering of thunderstorms that drench you in a split second, and then disappear just as quickly as they arrived! (Perhaps that’s where the term ‘city slicker’ comes from?) Well now you can make a splash with Scandinavian fashion designer Maxjenny Forslund’s colorful, geometric raincoats. The collection is called Street Sculptures, named after precisely what they are - walking sculptures in the street.
These slick slickers are made from a breathable, crease-free, light and yet waterproof sports-fabric, miraculously fashioned from recycled plastic bottles and colored with water-based paint. The material of the coat allows you to pack it up tightly into a handbag and extract it at a moment’s notice when the showers hit.
The inspiration for the jacket’s construction is derived from folding fabric. The result is a surprisingly wearable, moving sculpture. Forslund is known for taking a different approach to traditional pattern making, using paper and a tight measurement schedule. Instead Forslund works directly on the body with the fabric. She studies the movement of the body’s own architecture together with the garment itself, giving true form and function to fashion.