For every item of clothing that designer Telfar has ever created, there are at least a dozen ways of wearing each piece. A light military coat doubles up as a spring time jumpsuit, a cropped jacket turns into a backpack, and a sheer shirt becomes hoodie-ready in an instant. It's all part of the fun/games (and genius) of Telfar's clothing, and why I decided to pop down to his SoHo showroom this week and have the designer himself walk me through the "post-apocalyptic tribal" collection that is Telfar Spring 2008. Telfar spent the first five years of his life in Liberia, and the collection takes a pinch of African inspiration—safari hues, heavy natural fabrics like burlap and climate-friendly accessories like sandals for boys or "mandals" as he calls them. The idea, he explained, is to imagine you've woken up after the apocalypse and rummaged through your wardrobe for some suitable end-of-times gear. One piece that might be useful pre/post apocalypse: the Telfar "flask necklace" designed for long waterless walks through the desert (or alternatively on bar/pub crawl). Telfar is off to London Fashion Week in the spring, and was pretty tight-lipped about the new new collection. Suffice to say it's all about the exo-skeleton for Fall 08, and there will be lots of leather!
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