A-Cold-Wall* FW19 Is an Ominous Ode to the Future

A-Cold-Wall* FW19 Is an Ominous Ode to the Future

Samuel Ross dedicates an eerie set to modernism in his proclaimed "runway installation" entitled BIRTH.ORGAN.SYNTH for Fall Winter 2019.

Samuel Ross dedicates an eerie set to modernism in his proclaimed "runway installation" entitled BIRTH.ORGAN.SYNTH for Fall Winter 2019.

Text: Brandon Tan

Deemed a "runway installation," entitled BIRTH.ORGAN.SYNTH, A-COLD-WALL*'s Fall Winter 2019 collection proved stimulating to say the least. The show's title is an obvious progression to its previous season, named HUMAN.FORM.STRUCTURE. This time around, Samuel Ross, the brand's creative director and founder, procured a set that froze time and took the audience into a sinister vortex of style.

A moat surrounded the runway, with a mirrored obelisk lining the walk. What could be perceived as sweat ran down models' faces and at about half way down their slow-paced struts, each took an eerie look behind his shoulder. Consider us spooked. Once adjusted to the runway's ominous nature and the odd figures dancing about the shallow pool, the show becomes a sort of dark oasis. Suddenly, a Dobermann barks ferociously, dispelling the last ounces of ease from the audience--representative of societal fear, or perhaps an admonition for what was to come?

Though initially on edge, the environment that had once distracted focus from the show began to inform it. In conversation with each other, the runway looks and set come together in  BIRTH.ORGAN.SYNTH, and the show does exactly what one would expect of fashion: to keep you on your toes. The "Birth" part of BIRTH.ORGAN.SYNTH leaned more towards "The end is near," and if that's what the end looks like, so be it. Take me! That said, for the birth of a new chapter, comes an end to one prior, right? Then it's clear here, whether through the eerie presence or the stamping of "Modernist" across coats and bags, that A-COLD-WALL*'s FW19 collection welcomes modernism at the expense of traditionalism. Utilitarianism was certainly a focal point in the show, and unlike the relationship between modernism and traditionalism, there was no compromise to style.

Ross continues to forge a strong front as an emerging designer, with distinct ideas and a fixed eagerness to display them in innovative manners. It's inspiring to see creative expression alive and well.

Watch the full show below.

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