Mr. Saturday presented its Spring/Summer 2021 collection “Where Life is Just a State of MInd” on June 28th, 2020, hosted by Highsnobiety as part of their “Not in Paris” program, a digital exhibition hub made in collaboration with a highly curated group of artists, architects, and brands, and created as a response to the cancellation of Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
For Spring/Summer 2021, Mr. Saturday continues his study of ephemera by referencing the period between Stephen Sprouse’s Fall/Winter 1984 Runway Show at the Ritz and Keith Haring’s 26th Birthday at Paradise Garage. Taking inspiration from a Saturday night in New York City in 1984, from the Ritz, to Area, a stop at Danceteria, and ending up at Paradise Garage, “Where Life is Just a State of Mind” reflects the history of this era through patchwork and graphic applications, as well as the brand’s signature take on tailored silhouettes. An important part of the story is also the retelling of Michael Stewart’s death in 1983, which resulted from an attack from police who arrested him for tagging a subway station in New York City, as well as the artist community’s response to his passing.
Key looks from the collection include the Spouse Blouson and Denim set which opened the show, made from a light brushed denim with a print inspired by Stephen Sprouse’s iconic writing, the Stars and Stripes Jacket made from vintage U.S. flags from the 70’s that are uniquely hand-picked for each jacket, the Michael Stewart Linen set that features a print of a reimagined poster from one of Stewart’s benefit concerts on the back and a print of a Larry Levan record on the side, juxtaposing the two narratives of young Black men, and finally the Stars and Stripes Trench that closed the show, using hand-picked vintage cotton U.S. flags featuring patchwork of moments from Danceteria and The Ritz, as well as a hidden print of Stewart within the flag, used to represent his freedom. These upcycled vintage American flags, vintage/deadstock linen, and other materials that were heavily featured throughout the collection all reflect the artistic spirit of the times, but with a message of historic parallels and dark irony.
“The scenius of New York City in 1984, in some ways, feels similar to today. Young people didn’t like the way things were, so they decided to change them. At the same time, people were dying, lifestyles were changing. The same people who changed everything realized that they needed to change, or at the very least, they were changing whether they liked it or not. 1984, the beginning of the end for this era.” – Joey Gollish, founder and designer of Mr. Saturday.
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