The Future Is Now: Our Fall Lookbook and Video, Curated by Jeffrey Kalinsky

Jeffrey Kalinsky has been thinking about the future. In fact, he’s almost always thinking about the future—whether that means next season’s outsized silhouettes and gauzy layers, or, you know, that not-so-distant place where we commute to work via space bubble and beam friends into our living room using hologram technology.

Indeed: our VP Fashion Director’s preferred vision of what’s to come is very similar to what the beloved animation studio Hanna-Barbera and the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen pictured back in the mid-60s.

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J.W.ANDERSON, from our Fall Designer Collections lookbook

My future looks like The Jetsons, and it looks like the original TWA terminal at JFK Airport,” says Kalinsky, referring to that Jet Age monument of wing-shaped shells and curvilinear ceramic. “You get in your flying saucer and go to the grocery store. Everything is easy and happy.”

In imagining how he might line up the near future—fall ’16—with that smooth, glossy, ultra-efficient, zero-waste ideal and present them together in a fashion guidebook, he turned once again to Snarkitecture. We first teamed up with the in-demand, of-the-moment Brooklyn-based collaborative design practice last season; their 5,000-pound cave-like structure served as a bridge between art, architecture and the best spring looks from Gucci, Valentino, Simone Rocha and more.



Simone Rocha, fall 2016

“When I see their work, I’m very stimulated,” says Kalinsky. “It has a futuristic quality to me, and I’m very inspired by that.”


Marques’Almeida, fall 2016

Time travel proved to be an easy enough task for Snarkitecture’s Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen and their team. You may notice that the fabric-swathed columns pictured here are neither tethered to their classic Roman roots, nor entirely of some unfamiliar postmodern universe either.

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Saint Laurent, fall 2016

“They seem to float in time,” Arsham suggested, which is precisely what these painterly, textural florals and sport-chic details do too. These are fall’s most beautiful specimens, but they sweep through space and chronology like Saarinen’s architecture, like glass-topped vessels through cartoon clouds in a clear blue sky.
And now, check out the future now—via video.


—Laura Cassidy

A version of this note and these images appears in our Fall Designer Collections lookbook. To see the rest of our fall images from Designer Collections and SPACE, please visit our online catalog.

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