“The common thread across the whole collection is addressing issues with oil spills in the U.S. and the lack of effective clean up efforts,” 424’s Guillermo Andrade explains of his latest collection. “Polluting our very own people to protect the image of corporations by pretending its not really a big deal.” For FW16, the store-cum-label has draped a series of its trademark denim pieces in a muddy, oily wash.
“The ‘oil money’ wash on the denim is my take on what happens when even a drop of oil gets in the water” Andrade adds. “You can still see through to the original blue stone wash from our last collection but it’s forever tainted. Over time the blue will surface again but it will never be as it was when it was pure and clean.”
Besides 424’s trademark denim offering — which now includes oversized anoraks and parkas — there’s overly-branded hoodies that bring to mind Polo’s (and Gap’s, for that matter) glory days. There’s also flannel shirts which have been sheared of their collars, creating a sort of mock-Noragi that blends West Coast style with Japanese sensibilities.
All of the pieces have been made in the brand’s LA hometown, and are essentially inspired by Andrade’s youth. “It’s a modern take on all of the clothes that I could not afford when I was younger.”
Stay tuned for 424’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection when it lands later in the year. Meanwhile, take a look at Andrade’s personal steez via our recent street style shoot.
- Photography: Alexander Wessely