War and Peace: Hed Mayner’s New Transformation
We recently got a sneak peak at Hed Mayner’s AW 2016-2017 lookbook. This is his fourth series, after his début in SS 2015.
Historically, the Israeli designer has juxtaposed harsh with soft ensembles. In 2015, he used leather and slightly harsher pieces, perhaps most memorably with the torn bomber jacket shown below. As a contrast, he brought in gentle, vaguely monastic pieces, including the white outfits shown below. In the current collection he takes this religious theme and runs with it.
In his previous collections, Mayner honed his tactile style by comparing harsh and soft. In the current collection, he creates a new dichotomy between loud and muted. He commits fully to the monastic aesthetic, and he explores what happens when religious figures of varying degrees appear, from calming and airy to loud and proud.
He explores religious figures of varying degrees, from calming and airy to loud and proud
The New Collection
The hooded look and the Buddhist monk ensemble are unmistakably religious. Adjacent these pieces, the wrap-style lavender crew neck comes across as relatively diluted. In a previous collection, this piece may have carried more weight as a symbol of religion.
Mayner shows us how much he has learned in his still young career, through an erudite — and very vocal — collection.