If one were to ask you what is your favorite color, would you find difficulty in picking a single shade from the varying colors that we perceive each day, or would you be able to give an answer without giving it much thought? Anrealage’s latest collection seemed as if they found themselves acting out the former response. So much so that their clothes changed in color as their models pranced along the catwalk. Imagine what you could do with an item of clothing that shifted in shades as you moved. Now imagine what kids in the streets of manic Harajuku would do with such innovation. The possibilities would be riveting and endless. This season Anrealage made all this possible using gradients of invisible colors combined with photochromatic dyes that we are all familiar with in transition lenses – a technology that dates back to the 1960s.
The show began with the models adorning clothes that were some what faded and predominantly white, paired with a unique plastic appearance, giving you the impression that you were looking at life-sized toys rather than models. As the show progressed however, the clothes began to gradually shift in color, till reaching an almost buzzing and flickering effect. The highlight of the night being how this change was introduced which occurred when a pair of models clad in the simplest of long cardigans took to the stage and stood in silence on a platform in the centre of the stage.
In a buzz of frequencies the platform began to rotate. At first it looked as if the lighting was changing, but it soon became clear that this was not the case. The color shift was slight and as the models walked out from under the lights the change had clearly taken hold. The clothing had shifted in shades when exposed to the lighting.
Despite the pieces themselves lacking in intintricacy, the complexity of gradients in pastel hues and contrasting tones is what truly made the clothing unique.
Saving the best for last, the show came to a close with a trio of models taking the stage where they stood dead still when the lights suddenly cut out, and five seconds later were back on revealing that the clothes were completely back to their white state.