Designer Obana showcases new line of homeless menswear

Sam Reed reports for Pret-a-Porter that Daisuke Obana, designer of Japanese menswear label N. Hoolywood, sparked quite the debate on Feb. 1, 2017 with his homeless youth-inspired fall 2017 collection at New York Men’s Fashion Week.

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Some critics, as well as homeless advocates, call the collection, “tasteless,” “tone-deaf” and “insensitive”. As an example, Fashionista‘s Steve Dool wrote in his review that Obana’s vision was “either condescending, ignorant, almost inconceivably out of touch or some hellish combination of all three,” and that Obana’s collection was “like a fetishized version of homelessness. The clothes individually were luxurious and expensive. … The N. Hoolywood homeless man is a sanitized, polished type of homeless.”

Others, however, went all SJW, seeing great profundity in the homeless menswear collection. One of Obana’s admirers is The New York Times‘ Guy Trebay, who waxed eloquent, pointing out “that the glass of fashion is mostly a reflective device” and that Obana’s homeless menswear “served as a reminder of an often invisible population — one that, in light of recent studies showing that in almost no place in the United States can a person working a 40-hour week at minimum wage afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent, seems destined to increase.”

Obana told Hype Beast ahead of his show that he was inspired when he “witnessed the ‘gutter punk’ subculture during my travels through America,” and was impressed by their “inventiveness,” and how a plastic bag can be used to carry possessions as well as serving as a waterproof shoe covering when it rains. To emphasize the homeless nature of his new line of menswear, street-cast models were told to hit the catwalk with their eyes downcast with, as NYT‘s Trebay put it, wear “dazed expressions that made some look as though they had forgotten to take their meds.”

Oddly, although he designs menswear, Obana wears only T- and sweat-shirts.

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Obana’s N. Hoolywood collection, however, isn’t cheap. Priced from about $55 to $500, the menswear sells online at East Dane, Yoox and other retailers.

Buyers of the N. Hoolywood line should wear a sign on their back:

Kick me. I’m a Useful Idiot

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~Eowyn

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21 responses to “Designer Obana showcases new line of homeless menswear

  1. There’s just too many nutcases out there today! Sheesh

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  2. Ever notice the ratio of Fluoride to nut cases and other ailments? Time to ban Fluoride, entirely. Too many nuts out there already – we don’t need more…lol

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  3. Fashio-fashion well..

    Arrrggghhhh…scared..

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  4. Now, that’s entertainment!

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  5. One more sign of our culture’s decadence.

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  6. The term moron comes to mind but that would be too complimentary.

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  7. PERHAPS THIS LINE OF MEN’S WEAR WILL PAIR WELL WITH THE LATEST MAKEUP TRENDS FOR WOMEN. BLACK LEATHER LIPSTICK, DARK MATTE RED EYESHADOW, AND CHARCOAL GREY BLUSH COMPLIMENT THE CLASSIC NAVY OR ROYAL PURPLE HAIR COLOR, AND POLISHED UP WITH BLACK VINYL NAIL POLISH ON TWO INCH DRAGON LADY NAILS. THERE’S ALSO MY PERSONAL FAVORITE–BLOOD RED “LIP TAR” THAT IS APPLIED TO THE LIPS IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE BLOOD IS DRIPPING FROM YOUR MOUTH.

    I WORKED FOR QUITE A NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF MARY KAY, INC., AT THE COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS HERE IN DALLAS. I WAS IN THE PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS DIVISION, AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, FOR EVERY COUNTRY WHERE THE MARY KAY BRAND WAS SOLD, CAME THROUGH THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WHERE I WORKED. WE MADE NUMEROUS SHADES OF LIPSTICK, AND DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS, HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED ALONE WERE MADE AND SOLD. FOR THE LIFE OF ME, THOUGH, I DON’T RECALL ANY OF THEM THAT GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF A BLOODY MOUTH OR BLOOD DRIPPING FROM THE MOUTH. NOR DO I EVER RECALL ANYONE REQUESTING A LIPSTICK LIKE THAT, OR BLACK LIPSTICK OR NAIL POLISH. I GUESS THE FRESHLY DEAD LOOK HAS ONLY BEEN HAUTE COUTURE FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. I’M THINKING ABOUT STARTING A NEW LINE OF WOMENS’ FRAGRANCES, SUCH AS “MISS DECAYED”, “DAISY DEAD GIRL”, AND “PUTRIFIED PLEASURE”. I’M CERTAIN I CAN MAKE A KILLING AT IT! GET IT?
    MAKE A KILLING?……HEHE 😉

    FOR ANY OF THE MEN WHO ARE READING THIS, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND IF THIS NEW LOOK FOR WOMEN IS APPEALING TO YOU. I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT THE NEW “HOMELESS” LOOK FOR MEN IS NOT WHAT I WOULD FIND ATTRACTIVE.

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    • Loved your post! So “right on” and I ‘m waiting for the Miss Decayed scent or lotion, et al, to make the market.”and I believe that you will retire abazillionaire if you step up and Do this—–I will buy stock at the get go!

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  8. Incredibly ugly!

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  9. I honestly thought this was a joke.
    Well, I guess the joke is on the misery of homeless men this “fashion” designer will profit from.

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    • MomOfIV . . . I like the way you think. If the fabrics used in these designer clothes are “luxurious and expensive,” then let me ask this pointed question. Who are these designer clothes meant to appeal to? Certainly the truly homeless cannot afford them . . . and they are too damn ugly for any other man to want to wear them. I have come to the conclusion that this designer is a nut job, who thinks he will profit from these ugly, horrible looking creations.

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      • Thank you Auntie, as you know, the feeling is mutual 🙂
        yeah, this is a huge rub in the face of the poor…they are mocking the poor with the “clothing” line while profiting from their misfortunes.
        What pathetic people they are!

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  10. Homeless man,thinking out loud-“How many people would I have to kill to get $500.00 for that outfit? Wait-what could I STEAL that I could sell to the Pawn Shop for that much? It’d be worth it to be able to look like….like I look RIGHT NOW!?!

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  11. Nothing says empathy for the poor and homeless like a $500 outfit. Profiting off of the homeless is cold.
    How many deranged so called designers like this have we seen lately? Must be the fumes off the dyes.
    And if normally sane man buys into this crap, he needs to be left standing on the corner.

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    • Amen to these sentiments. I feel very sorry to the young male models who took the jobs of wearing these atrocious designs; I am sure that models are hungry to have work, but it is over pitiful to have to don such ugly creations. I am dying to know . . . has there ever been, even one man who has donned any of these creations . . . . . with the exception of Jaden Smith. That poor kid will put on A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G just so that he gets attention.

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  12. This is obscene.

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    • Lana . . . . . I would agree with you regarding the fact that this is obscene. That a designer who has adequate clothing, shelter, food, etc. would utilize his time in coming up with fashions that seemingly made a mockery of those in our society who are truly homeless. If I had a “magic wand” I would change Obana’s life circumstances for six months . . . he would be cold, hungry, without a roof over his head, flea and lice infested, unable to bath or have an adequate change of clean clothes . . . . then I would want to know what he things of being homeless! This man is devil, parading around as a clothing designer!

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  13. Isn’t this a lot like ‘Stealing’ someones ‘Culture’ or Heritage’? After all people ‘work’ hard at being homeless. Shame on someone who would allow you to steal the homelessness’s look for only a few hundred dollars.

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  14. I feel like it’s one thing to be inspired by poverty, and another to exploit and mock it. If he had a fundraiser or donation to help homeless people, then maybe it would be something that has meaning. Besides this type of style isn’t anything new. In the 1980’s in Japan there was a fashion called ボロボロ新品( Boroboro Shinpin), which translates roughly as New Raggedy , and it was high fashion run way clothes, mostly all black with rips and tears and baggy. SO maybe instead of admitting he’s not original, he’s calling it something different. At any rate, high fashion couture seems to create jaded and bored with life and find poverty as something of a novelty artists.

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  15. Hilarious and creative at the same time, good idea wrong execution. Who want to dress as homeless anyway… no luxury yet sophistication…

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