Enfants Riches Déprimés’ FW22 “Private Underground”
Henri Alexandre Levy debuts his new collection with a sardonic short film.
Yesterday, Enfants Riches Déprimés debuted their Autumn/Winter 2022 collection with a short film, My Private Underground, directed by Henri Alexander Levy, the brand’s acclaimed creative director. The film features original music and a live performance by DIIV, an indie band that echoes the grunge style favored by Levy’s eclectic French streetwear brand.
The collection is inspired by the cultural zeitgeist of late 80’s grunge, modelled through statement outerwear and heavy knit textures. The color pallete is dominated by deep burgundy and statement forest green hues, taking the form of various immaculately tailored trench coats and the brand’s signature cotton hoodies.
As usual, sardonic text and graphics are essential to this season’s collection. Hoodies labeled with slogans such as “Goth Girl Sucks Soul Through Dick” contribute to the intentionally multifarious mixed-media format of the short film. In the spirit of the late 80s, the screenprint styles we’ve seen so often on Depop recently were ever present in Levy’s new collection.
This particular collection exemplifies alt-punk through leather-on-leather ensembles, striking over-the-knee boots, and subversive layering. One hoodie is an ironic take on the Le Rosey school sweater, the elite Swiss boarding school that Levy himself attended. The boarding school is known for both educating princes, nobility and children of billionaires, but also for its drug culture – the very crux of the spirit of Enfants Riches Déprimés, which translates to “Depressed Rich Kids.” Levy once told Complex that the best way for him to describe his brand is “elitist, nihilist couture…The price point eliminates the masses, and the ideas eliminate the people who I don’t want, generally, due to the dark nature.”