Lazoschmidl SS20 Takes Us Back To High School

Lazoschmidl SS20 Takes Us Back To High School

It might have been a while since you last saw the archetypical jock, nerd and hearthrob interact, but this collection put them centerstage in Paris.

It might have been a while since you last saw the archetypical jock, nerd and hearthrob interact, but this collection put them centerstage in Paris.

Photography: Felix Verrier

Text: Julian Wright

The Goethe-Institut Paris is probably the last place you'd expect to see an American high school reunion. But thanks to Lazoschmidl and their SS20 collection last week, it felt as though you could have seen something similar. Playing on the stereotypical profiles of high school, the Swedish-German designer duo sought out to rattle our notions of teenage socialization. Jocks, nerds, bad boys: it was these groups that Lazoschmidl chose to simultaneously portray and rebel against.

The looks, though they channeled high school energy, felt more sexed-up and theatrical than one would see there. The garments were tight, thin and translucent. Most covered a large majority of the body, but Lazoschmidl's cuts and fabric choices left us seeing more than expected. Long-sleeved shirts still revealed lanky arms and visible midriffs underneath a thin layer of fabric. See-through pants showed long legs and models' briefs. Despite the amount of body and skin showing, the attention was on the clothing. The entire collection was bright. Bold prints, florals and pastel colors dominated throughout, adding a retro feel to the runway. Much like the personas the garments portrayed, the fabrics felt like the reimagination of objects from yesteryear. When looking at its entirety, the way the collection characterized the figures of high school was pretty obvious. Jocks wore varsity jackets, tanks and track shorts. Geeks wore collars and glasses. We even saw fringed sashes for prom kings. Lazoschmidl SS20 played on what we knew and disrupted it with a twist we surely wouldn't miss.

Look at the exclusive backstage photos from the collection, taken by photographer Felix Verrier, below.

Credits: Photos Courtesy of Felix Verrier.

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