Dear Shaded Viewers,

Being the very first name to show during Fashionclash’s packed calendar may be a daunting task, but Italian designer Alessandro Trincone rose to the challenge with his impeccably crafted collection. The theme was bridal, but his clothes were worn by men, nicely playing with gender-bending vibes, which have defined some menswear outings lately. Trincone’s show was about commitment, both spiritual and technical, giving his garments a singular beauty and high-end feel. Cotton, tulle and silk were some of his fabric choices, while certain pieces were painstakingly embroidered, enhancing his precise hand and gentle touch. The overall effect was both bizarre and incredibly romantic, playing with our perceptions of what gender actually means. Within troubled times, it’s easy to think of such clothes as whimsy and pure escapism, but Trincone’s pieces had the kind of consistency and strength that makes you wonder. The idea of men in white veils and tiered ruffled dresses could be appealing for some, so let’s just dismiss reality for a minute.



Philippe Pourhashemi

A freelance fashion writer, consultant and stylist, Philippe Pourhashemi was born in Tehran in 1976. He grew up in Paris, before moving to Scotland to study Foreign Languages. His passions are fashion and culture, as well as music and film. He writes and styles features for Metal in Barcelona, Behind the Blinds in Brussels, Contributor in Stockholm, Veoir in New York and SKP in Beijing. He was named Fucking Young's Editor-at-Large in 2016 and has contributed to ASVOF since 2008, acting as Correspondent-at-Large since 2012. An avid traveler, he likes to explore exotic fashion weeks and unexpected destinations whenever he can.