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032c’s Fall 2023 Collection Was Called “Destiny’s Child,” But Its Inspiration Isn’t Who You Think

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Though there was a definite grandma-core streak running through the fall men’s presentations, none were quite so story-specific as Maria Koch’s outing for 032c. Called Destiny’s Child, the collection was presented in the Peter Kilchmann gallery in the Marais district, where visitors were greeted by a video installation on loop and a Louise Bourgeois-adjacent spider lounging on a sofa. A literary reference to the writings of the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard touched on leaping into the void, ignoring intention, and just trusting the outcome. More prosaically, it circled back to Koch’s mother who, for her 80th birthday, got her first tattoos: a circle, a triangle, a square, and a spider on her forearm.

“She’s a classical German intellectual,” Koch said. “She wanted to do it, and then she realized it actually hurts.” Koch took a similar leap with a collection that spoke to what she calls a “resonant approach.” As a visual reminder, a spider circled back in detachable patches, “spider leg” typography, and details of fabrication.

A look from the collection.

Photo: Courtesy of 032c

A look from the collection.

Photo: Courtesy of 032c

“I’d say it’s rather intellectual,” Koch allowed. “We know what we want so there aren’t so many trials. We don’t use that many washings, which is one way of being sustainable.” On the rack, cotton sweatshirts were GOTS-certified, and the designer also located a tannery in Italy that uses water-wise practices for naturally treated leather and performance fabrics in two-tone effect bombers and cargo pants. Kinky notes aside—notably a “hot pant skirt” in yellow leather with built-in underwear with a saucy zip closure—the offering centered on unisex classics, like tops with dropped shoulders and pop-able collars.

Every now and then, things got dressy, for example with a fluid black gown or a camisole in an unexpectedly sheer “micro-plastic yellow” velvet, a discovery the designer said “just landed” on her table and has the ease of a t-shirt. She also focused on structured-yet-destroyed knitwear, “modeled” nylon jackets with peekaboo panels and narrow, “collapsing” volumes that let the wearer adjust a neckline as they wish. Koch called a silver foil hologram tee “my James Turrell-y moment,” adding that the piece was just for fun. “With something more muted, it actually works more like jewelry,” she said. “It’s my version of bad taste.”

Having started 032c with t-shirts five years ago, then moving into ready-to-wear a couple of years ago, Koch is preparing to jump onto the official show calendar next season, but with a mix of “proper tailoring” for women and men, in sizes ranging from extra-small to XXL. “I don’t want to wrap my head around gender identity issues,”Koch said. “To me, you take what you want, the size is there.”

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Goth Bride Megan Fox Just Debuted a Blonde Lob and Blunt Bangs

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While she may have gone blonde (again), she’s still the same Megan Fox. On January 28, the future goth bride shared a photo of a small shrine dedicated to her relationship with fiancé Machine Gun Kelly, writing, “The pendulum says you guys gotta start conceptualizing the more nuanced levels of trolling.” The reason for her pointed message remains unclear.

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Fox and MGK are no strangers to manifestation and rituals. In January 2022, Fox told her followers she drank Kelly’s blood after the pair got engaged. “Just as in every lifetime before this one and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes… And then we drank each other’s blood,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.

“Yeah. So I guess to drink each other’s blood might mislead people or people are imagining us with goblets and we’re like Game of Thrones, drinking each other’s blood,” Fox later told Glamour UK. “It’s just a few drops, but yes, we do consume each other’s blood on occasion for ritual purposes only.”



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Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner, Timothée Chalamet, and Rosalía

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Is the point-and-shoot aesthetic making a comeback? Because this week, It girls such as Dua Lipa, Rosalía, and Bella Hadid uploaded photos bathed in the gloriously unforgiving whitewash of shoddy flash photography. Hailey Bieber even took things one step further and shared a mirror selfie where the beams of flash bisect her face. The whole thing feels like a harbinger of a Myspace-era comeback of fun, bad-on-purpose photography.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of more obvious and concrete trends to be found on the celebrity section of Instagram. Troye Sivan showed off his delightful spin on “womenswear as menswear” with a Loewe appliquéd cable-knit wool sweater. The fashion crowd continues to embrace the punk-flavored power of a Chopova skirt. Addison Rae added to the ever-growing list of knockout vintage Y2K, donning a wrap skirt from Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2000 collection. And Timothée Chalamet loves Haider Ackermann (just like the rest of us). 

All in all, it was a pretty good week on Myspace—erm, I mean Instagram! 

Below, check out some of the most memorable posts of the week. 

Kylie Jenner 

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Emily Ratajkowski

Troye Sivan 

Rosalía

Dua Lipa 

Bella Hadid 

Timothée Chalamet 

Patrick Meynard 

Addison Rae 

Ashley Graham 

Hailey Bieber

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At Valentino Couture, Beauty Got a Club Kid Makeover

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Legendary hairstylist Guido Palau, meanwhile, conjured a smörgåsbord of different looks: natural hair, slicked-back hair, two-tone hair, a bleached peach buzz cut, and a shocking pink mohawk. “None of the looks were really extreme because the clothes were so beautiful and crazy and quite exaggerated,” says Guido. “I wanted to keep it cool and kind of real. You know, when you’re at a club, there’s one girl with her hair pulled back and a guy with a great haircut, and then girls with texture. It just reflects today, really. But at night.”

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