David Casavant is promoting off Rihanna, Kanye, and Raf Simons’ previous garments

As a stylist, David Casavant has been shaping the picture of some of popular culture’s most influential protagonists for effectively over a decade, and it began with Kanye West… who he’s now suing for over $400,000. “As collaborators, we get alongside very effectively. It’s laborious to search out folks which might be so artistic and have such enthusiasm, as a result of mediocrity is just too valued now,” Casavant says. Having welcomed Kanye inside his behemoth vogue archive, offering leases, and consulting on Yeezy, the lawsuit, which was levelled towards the musician for his failure to return 13 ultra-rare items of designer clothes, “is only a formality in enterprise.”

It’s a well-worn trope that celeb legal professionals are stored in enterprise with breathless authorized battles, however together with his newest mission, Casavant is cutting-out the intermediary, taking to Dover Avenue Market in New York to move on a few of his most beloved treasures to the general public. A feverish collector since his early teenagers, Casavant’s archive is not only of bodily clothes, however the folks, locations, attitudes, and moments that after stood inside them. So whereas customers could have entry to classic, hirsute Helmut Lang jackets, Ann Demeulemeester feather boas, and Miu Miu boxer shorts, they’ll fairly actually be getting into the legacies of Rihanna, Pharrell, and Raf Simons, who’ve all worn these precise items. “I like that the items whisper and don’t scream,” Casavant says, regardless of neon harnesses, mesh vests, and reflective denims all on the roster. “I’ve at all times had a choice for minimal vogue, as a result of it’s simple and doesn’t strive too laborious.”

Throughout the media panorama, rental companies are ceaselessly hawked as the way forward for consuming vogue, however this has at all times been elemental to Casavant’s observe. “After I first wished musicians to put on these items they have been truly seen as ‘used garments’ and weren’t fascinating to put on, which is humorous to look again on,” he says. And, considerably surprisingly, it’s Lorde who he credit with shifting the narrative surrounding second-hand garments. “She truly wore my classic Raf AW00 bomber earlier than Kanye and Rihanna, however anytime somebody’s the primary to put on a bit, it’s sort of a second.” Although that is maybe probably the most well-worn piece in his assortment, it’s one among Simons’ AW02 creations that was hardest to half with. “That’s an unique pattern and was by no means truly produced. It nonetheless has the Totem PR tag on, and is comprised of such superb materials that it’s laborious to explain. It’s like a trash bag with these silver threads which have been woven and quilted on prime of it. It needs to be in a museum as a part of historical past.”

Whereas archival vogue – principally Versace, Tom Ford-era Gucci, and Roberto Cavalli – has discovered new forex on the pink carpet and resale websites, the entire thing goes towards the trade’s dogged obsession with newness. “You would possibly miss the DSM show when you didn’t know or recognise the items,” Casavant says. “They aren’t presupposed to look new and neatly shipped from the manufacturing unit. It’s about them being one thing you possibly can purchase from behind the scenes in vogue, held on a rack as in the event that they have been simply wheeled-in from a shoot or a altering room. I believed it will be sort of humorous if folks have been like, ‘Oh wait, is that this it?’” An insider’s vogue insider, the providing chimes with Casavant’s perception within the talismanic worth of clothes. “After I first started-out, vogue was disposable, garments can be deemed ‘final season’ and instantly forgotten due to that. However I’ve at all times seen them as artwork, their worth ought to solely enhance with age.”

Casavant determined to skew custom additional nonetheless, by launching the sale with a digital reality-scape movie created by artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who’s a longtime collaborator. “I’d fairly die than must organise and make an precise vogue present. Everybody goes to view it on their telephones, anyway. Jacolby is a genius, he makes superb animated worlds, and I simply let him interpret the video in whichever approach he wished.” Because the stylist bids farewell to his infants, he appears to be carving an area for but extra histories, lives and experiences, embodied by one particular garment on his wishlist. “A Helmut Lang bubble wrap coat,” he concludes. “The title alone speaks for itself as to why.” 

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