Berlin Fashion Week: Patrick Mohr's Appalling Apparel, Terrifying Models

Yesterday in Berlin, fashion designer Patrick Mohr presented a show titled "Are We Shaved?" The clothes were bizarre; the models were… unusual. Brace yourself for a nightmarish acid trip through gender, body-consciousness and clown wigs.

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What seems like just a slouchy T-shirt gets more (interesting? frightening? odd?) when you pay attention to the sleeves. Hands are restricted, bound.

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Mohr seems interested in blurring the lines between male and female, or making items which are unisex.

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Has a sunny color ever looked so sinister?

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What about now?

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According to a blogger from Demotix, many of the models were bodybuilders. "The show had a unisex theme, focusing on the idea that the differences between men and women are of little importance."

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Skinny jeans and wigs for everyone!

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Make that: Skinny jeans and wigs and plastic ponchos for everyone!

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Shoes are so 2009.

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Is there a commentary in this show about strength, and what the human body can accomplish? Is the future like our prehistoric past? Will we just need simple cover-ups instead of elaborate garments?

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Perhaps Mohr is asking, "If the human body is beautiful — whether naturally or engineered to be that way — why hide it?"

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Or maybe he's just trying to scare the crap out of us.

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The primary colors and drapey fabrics are easy to get behind.

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Suspenders and snails? Less so.

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Mohr does seem to think a lot about shape, and shapes. Whether it's the shape of the human body or geometric shapes, like triangles and squares.

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You've got to wonder how these unconventional models felt about the clothes, and whether they would ever, ever consider wearing them in a real-life, non-fashion week setting.

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This top is like a flag, a coat of arms or horse jockey jersey: Simple shapes and bold colors used to telegraph a message.

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For me, Mohr's most interesting pieces are the ones which have an architectural feel and reveal atypical parts of the body in unusual ways.

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Because sometimes weird fashion makes you think, especially if it's a piece that is intriguing, original and re-interpreting what it means to be clothed or covered.

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On the other hand, sometimes it's just really scary.

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Mr. Mohr himself. Applause?

Related: Fashion on Steroids - Designer Patrick Mohr Presents His Collection At Berlin Fashion Week [Demotix]
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CassandraSays
CassandraSays

No applause. These clothes are hideous. #15 literally made me laugh out loud, it's so ridiculous. And I don't mean the gender bending aspect - I like gender bending - but how clumsy and poorly constructed everything looks, and how heavy-handed the use of metaphor is.

Thumbs down. Fashion people do love to try to shock, but sadly a lot of the time you end up with something that's less genuinely provocative and more...well, this, or that photoshoot with the girl and the dog.