The half-and-half T-shirt was one of the biggest trends of 2016. Tons of brands and designers created weirdo Frankenstein garments from stitching two separate tees together, often clashing completely opposing motifs together — like Kostas Seremetis's hilarious Drake and the Exploited mashup.
The latest creative to try their hand at the half-and-half trend is Fox Furrokh, who shocked streetwear heads by slicing up old Supreme T-shirts as part of his Anachronism 2017 project. Furrokh's own designs sport photos of old-school mobsters Al Capone and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, alongside typography reading "Out of Date." His designs have then been stitched alongside Supreme tees, and the pieces have been customized with a cropped fit and tighter-fitting neck, to suit Furrokh's own tastes.
Unsurprisingly, the response from Supreme fans has been not exactly favorable.
Furrokh also sliced up vintage Champion sweats, inverting part of them and playing with their necklines to create new hybrid styles, in a similar fashion to London designer Liam Hodges.
We sent Fox a few questions via email to get the lowdown on his project. Head over to his online store to buy one of his one-off pieces, and check out our interview with Instagram customizer Luke Vicious while you're at it.
What's the story behind the collection?
"The initial idea came from a longing to experience past eras. This has always influenced the way I dress and has led me to feel like an anachronism. Anachronism means a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place. The main focus of my collection was to explore themes playing with displacements in time.
I adore the exclusivity you feel from wearing items that no one else is wearing. For my collection I wanted every piece to be individual and a one off. The only way to truly achieve this was to go back to the craftsmanship of tailoring things by hand. Each piece was designed individually and thoroughly thought through, with close attention paid to its fit and cut, I view clothing as a piece of art."
What made you decide to cut up Supreme T-shirts?
"Like many youths my first obsession was Supreme. I love the brand. With time I grew to see it in a new light; it once seemed exclusive but as the hype has increased it no longer feels special or particularly rare. For my first project I wanted to turn vintage items into something special. I don’t think of it as cutting up, but more as repurposing."
What's the reaction been to them so far?
"Mixed opinions, some Supreme fans have been disgusted that I have upcycled Supreme, some have even been angry. But those who see past the hype love it."
Why do you think Supreme is out of date?
"In my eyes Supreme is in a state of being ‘quick change-over’ fashion. More something you temporarily own and then sell on, unlike crafted high fashion items. It grew because it was seen as cool and exclusive but now everyone and their dad wears it. The hype has overrun the brand."
Can you explain the slogans, prints and styles you used for your own half of the project?
"Stemming from my focus on displacements in time, for this collection I have incorporated images of old school gangsters, and a touch of Dada. Al Capone and Charles “Lucky” Luciano are two of the most recognizable names in early 20th century mob history. Lucky Luciano’s stare, a look of indifference. Their time was temporary and their methods are now out of date in modern society.
More than just the screen printing, a large part of my collection is focused on custom cuts and assemblage for the pieces. The sweatshirts and a couple of shirts feature inverted sections, both showing off the internal structure of the items and creating contrasts in textures.
Additionally, for some shirts I started with larger sizes for one half to emphasize a wider fit. For me a large part of what makes a good cut is the neckline and consequently a lot of consideration went into the design of the collar. Many of the pieces have been shortened in length to achieve a more cropped shape."