"Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music." Continuing Goethe's thought, you could posit that fashion is the stopgap that puts architecture back in movement. For their first show in Paris, Each x Other chose the Palais de Tokyo's Yoyo. In this perfect backdrop for the art-meets-fashion brand founded by Jenny Mannerheim and Ilan Delouis, the words of Robert Montgomery blazed out from the back wall.
The pitch for Each x Other is to place art at the heart of the fashion discourse. This is not so much about clothing as art as it is about injecting a dose of culture and meaning, making it available to the greater number. On the surface, the clothes at Each x Other are date-less basics with a touch of menswear to them, a combination that chimes well in this post-minimal era. Below, it is a world of conversation-stopping pieces, selected for their adaptable impact, often hiding in linings and creeping along sight unseen.
But simple did not equate with boring. Although the art remained practically invisible, a secret handshake for the wearer only, Mannerheim and Delouis turned out garments that push the design envelope. Chevrons faded onto the hem of a creamy overcoat, the now ubiquitous jumpsuit thinned down to become fetching overalls. One pair even dipped low in a deep back-revealing V. Tennis stripes brought a dash of tailoring event to fluid dresses, tumbling down the feminine form. One grey coat spoke of ease and a purposeful way of dressing. Thick wool made for naturally oversized, nubbly knits that telegraphed a sense of easy cocooning. As Liquid Music played on stage, the story came back full circle. For a first show, it slaked the thirst of brand fans, and caught the attention of the others.