Leather and fur bring to mind Trinity’s bodysuit in The Matrix Trilogy and the enormous coat worn by Rachael in Blade Runner. Comprised exclusively of dresses, skirts, long tunics and coats, Max Azria’s 2014 A/W collection reimagines cyberpunk as an expression of the present and how technology has shaped the lives we live here and now.
Using bold, asymmetrical lines and a neutral color palette Azria creates minimalist designs that can be worn during the day and into the night. The transitional quality of these designs—including the dress with the striped black leather tunic on top and chiffon skirt on the bottom—is indicative of how technology and the ability to connect all the time has resulted in the spontaneous collapse of all communication barriers. When we are at work, we are also at home. When we are alone at home, we are still connected with the rest of the world. Armed with mobile phones and laptops, each individual is, at once, more powerful and vulnerable than ever before.
Azria’s designs, however, provide us with a possible solution to this technological paradox for their transitional quality eases the burden of the connected cosmopolitan lady—allowing her to prioritize the more important decisions of life because no matter what, she’ll always look fabulous.