Private Policy Explores ‘Organic Futurism’ for Fall/Winter 2022

The buzzy New York-based brand looked to Fungi and futurism as inspiration this season.

While Private Policy cofounders Siying Qu and Haoran Li often reference the bustling energy of New York City, this season, the duo took a decidedly opposite approach, focusing their utilitarian-inspired ready-to-wear on Earth’s largest living organism: the Fungi Kingdom. Merging naturalistic references and industrial, cutting-edge touchpoints, the buzzy brand was intent on offering a juxtaposed point of view this season.

Titled ‘Organic Futurism,’ the versatile collection incorporated tinges of futurism, seen through tactical-inspired silhouettes and a masterclass on mixing and matching texture. With much of the globe stuck in a state of uncertainty for the past few years, Qu and Li wanted to highlight the simplicity of Fungi, most notably the organism’s olfactive and healing properties.

Hues mirroring the Earth—taupe, beige, olive, white—opened the concise collection and were followed by splashes of lavender in the form of asymmetrical suiting, oversized striped knit hoodies, and a flowing silk slip dress that was layered with a tactical belt and a skintight cut-out shrug. As the collection’s calming motifs and muted color ways mirrored the Earth’s many natural phenomena, the brand’s cutting-edge silhouettes offered a welcomed point of contrast.

Half way through the runway show, dancers from the Shmood Agency twisted and turned throughout the sprawling circular show space, offering a calming interlude between the brand’s experimental silhouettes. Not only looking to the future as inspiration, the brand also incorporated 3D printing and sustainable design techniques into their first-ever footwear venture. Mirroring a disposable shoe cover, the zero-waste platform shoe was crafted with long-lasting durability and comfort in mind and arrived in black, off white, and metallic color ways.

With an emphasis on the Earth—in specific, the Fungi Kingdom—and a wider focus on zero-waste design and tactical-inspired ready-to-wear, this season, Private Policy continued their hyper-focused vision on blurring the intersections of design, performance, culture, and futurism. Combined with slinky, versatile separates and streamlined accessories, the New York-based is certainly one to watch.


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