One of the great things when talking about Roswell Aliens (the theme for this RYNSHU show) is that whenever you see a photograph of one it is never really clear so as to defy disbelief or truth or proof of any identity; and so it was a lucky strike of fate when the BDMOTP photographer couldn’t make it to the RYNSHU show on the last day of Paris men’s fashion week, a Sunday, when we had to struggle to make pictures with an obscure and old handheld mobile camera, an old Blackberry Curve, which means that what you see here judging from the grainy picture above MAY actually or MAY NOT have been what really appeared on the runway – you will just have to take our word for it –, whereas according to the press release the image was supposed to be a ‘Little Grey’ alien.
Well there were actually TWO aliens that appeared – or rather ‘made an appearance’, one with a white head, the other with a more humanoid color of which you can here see our second grainy picture. They were followed in long trail by a quite extraordinary host of HUMANOIDS dressed in jacquard, lace, printed silk, cashmere, and of course leather (made from abducted animals no doubt), in a grand non-variety of colors appropriately never leaving the fourth spectrum: Grey, grey, grey, black, ink jet black, scarab, metal, and white – except for some solid gold. One would have never imagined such a close encounter of the third kind in the heart of Paris of course, but for those of you who know Paris, if you know that the location was in the middle of the Belleville district of town, you would not have been so surprised. Where else to find Grey Aliens in Paris but in Belleville? It’s dark, it’s dank, and yes, it can be scary.
What you cannot see in these grainy pictures however are the tube line outfits and the slim silhouette pants that the humans were wearing. And what was actually quite extraordinary and ‘alien’ in its own right besides the setting and the performance of the show were the two types of leather used to make the human costumes: Shironameshi is a humanoid skin tight type of leather used as bandages in the Sengoku era of Japan; Kurozan is painted lacquer by hand brush on top of this humanoid skin; together they can form remarkable outfits. RYNSHU, this designer, is not kidding for when he means alien it is alien. He loves the eccentric to the extent that it has become the signature. Zippers on buttonholes? Check. Skin-tight leathers and lacquers? Check. Aliens? Double check.
As the show’s theme of Riddick-lacquered humanoids lead by (grey) aliens slowly paraded through the dark in front of us we realized that the press release had not been kidding: This show was supposed to be about SPACE (sic), BLACK HOLES (surely felt like we had arrived in one), and boundless ENERGY, captured in the show’s hallmark item – the famous theorem by Albert Einstein: E = mc square. Perhaps that this explains why there were TWO aliens in squared and checkered outfits, and not just one. But perhaps not. And perhaps that this close encounter on a humid Paris Sunday in winter was really never meant to be and that somehow we had found ourselves in a quantum time lapse. Frankly, everything looked a little bit unreal, and not just grainy. Not surreal, as is usual in Paris. But unreal. Two Aliens in cashmere outfits that looked like they could have been made in Italy by Cantarelli. A host of lacquered humanoids in style as omen forbidding & foreboding, like something out of the Chronicles of Riddick which appears right after the two suns have set (you know the drill). Dark space in the backstage mirrors. Radiation goggles not optional.
Posted by Sandro Joo.