One of the elements that is consistently intriguing about A La Disposition is the push-pull exercise between restraint and the play of volume and proportion. Working with the theme of “Mechanical Failure” for spring 2012, the London-based husband and wife team of Daniel Kinne and Lynda Cohen wanted to evoke the general idea of propellers juxtaposed with the discipline of tightly constructed garments. At first glance, the overall aesthetic can be a lot to digest. But upon closer inspection, this is an exceedingly modern collection, featuring separates that are accessible as well as fresh ideas about how clothes can hang on (and away from) the body. The way the shapes balloon and then contract, actually does lend itself to the idea of pieces of a machine in the process of breaking down and degrading. A cinched waist grounds a voluminous skirt and a one-sleeved blouse allows a bare arm to serve as a balance to the elongated sleeve on the opposite side. This is a cerebral collection and will appeal to a specific type of woman, but the fact that the ideas have not been overwrought is refreshing.
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