Clowns have never been something I was very keen on - I still remember going to the circus as a 6-year-old with my sister, my uncle and his then-girlfriend and being more wowed by the beautiful animals than the crazy-coloured people doing stoopid jokes (it's also why I hate people that force themselves in being funny - that's probably the worst kind of people, after criminals and liars of course). But still, their uniforms always took my interest away from the stuff they did - I believed they wore funny clothes because they want to be assured that if their jokes failed, they could turn to their outfits. That's probably what everyone does - we put on an outfit and expect it to speak instead of us if we ever lack the words.
Instead of bashing on clowns like me, some people tend to get inspired. David Wyatt, Valentina Brugnatelli and Gianluca Soldi are those people. Standing behind the name of The Wandering Collective, this Barcelona-based trio built quite a collective - while David is assigned with women's ready-to-wear, Gianluca is doing shoes, and Valentina is covering the field of costume jewellery. They have been going on for 4 years now, and have created a number of really interesting collections which strength is probably lying in their power of three. They offer a complete lifestyle, and for a young independent brand that's not showing collections on big fashion weeks - that's a big deal.
I've discovered them during the last Fashion Week Zagreb (where I also fell in love with Kralj&Krajina) where they showed their A/W 2014 collection they created in collaboration with Trendcy. Inspired by the uniform of a clown - it was all about fun, at times interpreted in a literal way, but never went to the novelty category. Yokes, ruffles and op-art graphics looked both insanely 80's but true to their inspiration - some give their clownishness in shapes, while others present a take on the colour story. The Wandering Collective doesn't have a tendency to be 'the sexy brand' nor the 'business brand', I presume the fact that there is 3 of them provides them with a range - from showy fashion-y pieces, to more streamline ones, that still doesn't lack the joyful spirit. You can find the complete lookbook on their page, but also shop away their last collection that includes amazing handmade footwear I'm dying for at here.
My eyes naturally fell on the amazing hats shown with their collections, created out of wool and based on a mixture of a clown's hat and a Matador's. That insane combination made me fell in love with this statement pieces I interpreted in my own way - one that's a bit more literal with its clownishness (hello pom-poms!), while the other one is what I'd consider a classic menswear look, injected with a bit of contrast. It's that tassel a day that keeps the doctor away.
Runway and photos are courtesy of Trendcy, while the vintage clown photos were found on tumblr.
|Wearing The Wandering Collective AW14 hat with a Dioralop tailcoat vest, DIY pompom sweatshirt, my let's say DIY necklace and H&M black jeans|
|Wearing The Wandering Collective hat with H&M trousers and faux-leather vest, Aldo shoes, Zara tee, C&A denim jacket and adidas Originals watch|