Designer Spotlight: Eckhaus Latta

Designer Spotlight: Eckhaus Latta

In A New Column For V, Mathias Rosenzweig Highlights Up-And-Coming Designers To Know Now. Here, he catches up with visionary powerhouse Eckhaus Latta

In A New Column For V, Mathias Rosenzweig Highlights Up-And-Coming Designers To Know Now. Here, he catches up with visionary powerhouse Eckhaus Latta

Text: MATHIAS ROSENZWEIG

With nine existing collections and a frenzy of adoration from fashion and art aficionados alike, calling Eckhaus Latta an emerging designer is hardly just—and yet, the line's FW '16 collection only brought about Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta’s second official catwalk, taking place in a yurt in Queens this past February. The show was one of the week’s most hyped, and for obvious reasons. The bicoastal duo had already become a favorite of PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, who has called the pair “part of the fabric of our new art community.” They’ve also aligned themselves with the post-gender movement, which they represent through the avant-garde pieces as well as the casting of transgender public figures like artist Juliana Huxtable. Other models who have walked in their shows include music producer Dev Hynes, veteran fashion darling Cole Mohr, and writer, activist, and younger sister of Lena, Grace Dunham. Their signature aesthetic includes pieces made of tinted denim, knit and felted merino wool, crushed velvet and crinkle chiffon, and garments with unusual cuts that show hints of flesh in an imaginatively cheeky fashion (take baggy pants slashed along the knees, for example). V caught up with Latta about what goes into creating one of fashion’s most buzz-worthy lines.

What makes your line unique from others? 

ZL The impulse to question rather than submit to expectations or "standards." There isn't a definitive mission statement or target customer in mind. Eckhaus Latta is an inclusive space for forward-thinking ideas and the people who contribute to them.

Who is the most exciting person to you that's worn your line? 

ZL There is no individual person; it's always exciting to see people wearing clothes you've made.

What's your favorite city to shop in? 

ZL Greater Rhode Island. The thrift stores reflect a diverse range of people and their detritus.

What current trend do you think will look the most embarrassing in the future? 

ZL They will all have some use in the future.

Why do you feel that fashion is important on top of being fun? 

ZL [It expresses] ideas in an intimate way.

Do you consider fashion to be art? 

ZL It really depends on context. We never like to define one or the other. In a lot of ways, art can also be fashion, or relating to the ideas of tends or market-driven idea making.

If you weren't designing clothes, what would you be doing? 

ZL Teaching Yoga in the midwest.

What album would you pick to soundtrack your life?

ZL Joanna Newsom's Ys.

What's your favorite part about working with one another? 

ZL Working with one another—learning together, and having a critical dialogue unlike any other.

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