Feb 17, 2015 1:47PM

Runway Report: Unisexy At Telfar FW15 @ NYFW

Show us your corduroy.

For its tenth anniversary show Telfar staged a retrospective, mining the archives for a disciplined collection that is an ode to itself.

Telfar is known for playing on basics, offering the kind of clothing that looks standard issue from a distance, but on closer inspection is full of playful flourishes: splices and cut-outs highlighting unexpected erogenous zones, exaggerated cuffs doubling as pockets.

Some looks in the collection recall the oddball costuming of Joaquin Phoenix in Her: the high-waisted pants, awkwardly cropped at the ankle; the button-down shirts with neat collars worn with knitted vests, the nostalgic allure of tan corduroy.

Other looks are more controversial, like the cropped hooded shrugs and one-shoulder jumpers. But even the crazier looks would work IRL with the right layering — this is a wearable collection full of non-basic basics.

And it's also unisex! Telfar used both male and female models, sometimes sent out one after the other sporting the same outfit, to show just how versatile and non-gender specific the range is.

For long-time fans of the brand, a skillful reworking of the archives; for new fans, a smart, edited introduction to the label.

Photos: Indigital

Nadia Bailey