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Vaquera's Eighth Grade Mall Kids-Gone-High Fashion

Vaquera's Eighth Grade Mall Kids-Gone-High Fashion

Illustration: Hilton Dresden

The brand's spring '18 collection poked fun at stuffy fashion & American youth. 

Designers Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully, more succinctly known as Vaquera, have yet again poked fun at stuffy fashion shows and pretentious ideas about class through their spring '18 collection.

The show was presented in lower Manhattan's Church Street Boxing Gym--models stomped down a runway that twisted around a roped stage reserved for competitions of physical strength and endurance. Upon each seat a poem was written:

"I'm trying to think, About who I am, and what I want!!!!!!" it begins. "But instead I'm stuck on when I didn't think about much at all. When my main dilemma was whether my outfit would read as surf when all I wanted was to be punk!!!!!!!"

As always, the collection appeared to tackle identity expressed through fashion--in seasons past, we've seen elegant chefs, women swarthed in gauzy umbrellas, working class attire and over-the-top Americana. This season took a more youthful approach, calling back to middle school couture with Abercrombie-inspired "Vaquera" logos stamped on cropped tanks and fringed tees. Board shorts, tropical florals and license plate textiles reigned supreme, further reinforcing the notion of eighth grade mall kids-gone-high fashion.

The show still felt, as Vaquera always does, very American, or, at least, poking fun at clothing that would, in any other context, signify extreme patriotism. There was a giant tee with Abe Lincoln on it, accompanied by a large cowboy hat. The characters created in this show seem more innocent than those of runways past, with their ripped tees and wide cut trousers.

Moments that truly astounded us included the final look, a giant bathrobe gown made from terry cloth, as well as a floral dress with a giant bow tied on its front. We were also partial to the phase of the collection using a yellow checkered fabric, which featured a ruffle-sleeved, high-low shirt fitted ingeniously upon its model. Vaquera also struck gold with a pinstripe trouser paired with a skintight floral turtleneck.

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