Saturday, 7 January 2012

BL33N: (Un)Dressing Monsters


Matthias Vriens McGrath has never been someone known for absconding from controversy. As a photographer, he shot the US soccer team in revealing Roberto Cavalli trousers for The New York Times, and explored male sexuality for magazines with gay readerships such as the French TĂȘtu or the British Attitude. While editor of the (now defunct) magazine Dutch he explored gender crossing by dressing male models in female clothes. His latest venture, in partnership with his partner Donovan, is a range of t-shirts called BL33N that, in true Vriens’s style, resorts to nudity and unabashed sensuality in its buoyant promotional campaign.


Many designers and labels have explored the possibilities of t-shirt collections over the years. However, very few have done it in such a rebellious way as BL33N. The spirit of the campaign suggests a hedonistic approach to physicality fuelled by a grunge state of mind. In its seemingly negation of the fashion world, BL33N also goes against the current conservative grain in so far as it refuses the predominant heritage and preppy trends to concentrate on a humorous approach to clad male and female bodies.

The T-shirt collection includes a number of designs of printed body parts and written messages on white fabric. In addition, there are also ‘made in Los Angeles’ T-shirts that incorporate an abstract drawing of a monster on the inside of the front that is revealed with a mask-like effect as the garment is lifted to cover the face and head. In this sense, BL33N could not be more amusing and nostalgic in the way it captures childish behaviour as appropriated by adults who also feel comfortable revealing their bodies in the process.





For all its playfulness and light-hearted eroticism, BL33N is a brand of garments with original designs for men and women that we at The Style Examiner could not get tired of examining. And with such enticing marketing campaigns to boot, who are we to deny Matthias and Donovan the opportunity to succeed while dressing and undressing the bodies of models to their (and our) delight?

BL33N is available on the label’s website and in Paris store Colette.





1 comment:

  1. Clever, fun, and provocative campaign beyond belief.

    Love your blog. We're friends on FB and now i'm a follower here.

    Leonid

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