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Looks from the N. Hoolywood Collection
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N. Hoolywood designer Daisuke Obana had the fashion world buzzing on Wednesday.

Daisuke Obana, designer of Japanese menswear label N. Hoolywood, sparked quite the debate on Wednesday after sending his homeless youth-inspired fall 2017 collection down the runway at New York Men's Fashion Week.

While some critics (as well as homeless advocates) called the collection, "tasteless," "tone-deaf" and "insensitive," others, including The New York Times' Guy Trebay, were quick to point out "that the glass of fashion is mostly a reflective device." He added, "[the collection] 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."

The N. Hoolywood collection, priced from about $55 to $500, sells online at East Dane, Yoox and other retailers. The designer has had past collaborations with Reebok.

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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 inspiration, street-cast models were apparently told to hit the catwalk with their eyes downcast, and, as Trebay put it, wear "dazed expressions that made some look as though they had forgotten to take their meds."

Fashionista's Steve Dool wrote in his review that the 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." He added that Obana's vision was "either condescending, ignorant, almost inconceivably out of touch or some hellish combination of all three."

Vogue's Lee Carter had a different take, viewing the collection as more of a warning. "Given that Obana has previously tackled sensitive subjects, namely climate change, maybe he’s having another prescient moment here, envisioning a future where homelessness isn’t a taboo but the norm, a world where everyone stuffs their pants with all their earthly possessions and unironically totes around plastic trash bags (that can double as waterproof boots, according to the program notes). When pressed, he did say via translator that while working on the collection he thought about how the world is changing so fast, and not always for the better."

The appropriation of homeless street culture is nothing new in the fashion world. John Galliano was roasted for presenting a homeless-inspired collection in 2000, which allegedly served as the inspiration for Mugatu's "Derelicte" collection in Zoolander when the film debuted in 2001. "It is a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique,” said the film's villain in an obvious satire of Galliano.

In 2010, Vivienne Westwood resurrected the theme with a collection which, as the press notes stated, included “quilted bombers and snug hoodies that also work well in keeping the vagrant warm.”

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this reminds me of a link posted in a similiar thread:

this kind of stuff is a absolute joke at best. but its really nothing new. and ill eat my hat if these things help anybody besides the clothing designers making a dollar off peoples plight.
Yeah I think your right actually. I didn't think about it until u put it that way. I posted it partially as a joke but its not funny at all. Exploitation really.


Aug 6, 2014
Cheyenne WY
Tbh I did find it amusing in an odd way,maybe I have an odd sense of humor though.I guess folks see inspiration every where.The Zoolander thing made me cringe and laugh at the same time.This Im just kinda shaking my head and guess Im just not surprised by much of anything.


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Honestly it's fucking art. People hate on the designers but it's the consumers who actually buy the clothing that I find ridiculous. Especially at like 2gs for a ripped shirt.



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Trebay put it, wear "dazed expressions that made some look as though they had forgotten to take their meds."

Makes me wonder if people are more cruel than stupid, or more stupid than cruel! BRB - I have to find my anti-dazed expression meds somewhere in the plastic shopping bag I'm using for shoe covers! Wait, what?


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They can say what they want about travelers, homeless (whatever they want to call it). This is hands down the most intelligent group of people I've ever been associated with.


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I guess the convenience store clerk who made fun of my 'gently' used jeans, with the worn spots and blown out knees, hasn't read this article. I think I'm going to show the article to her then try to sell the jeans for $300. At that price it's a steal, she would be crazy not to buy them. I also have shirts with a few holes in them. I'm willing to let them go for $50 a hole, if anyone's interested. Their resale potential is limitless, the more you wear the, the more valuable they become - appreciation.


Apr 6, 2013
I've got some Hanes undies with holes under the taint!

I'll sell em to Bieber for 799$ "fresh".

I also have shirts with a few holes in them. I'm willing to let them go for $50 a hole
what about smell? That should add something.
Well heck counting holes n stank I can get a cool 1K$ American for my underoos'!

Don't forget, ;) they double as a doo rag.

(leaves STP with four pairs on outdoors to put bit of sweat on em)


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It's just sad that the people who can afford homeless 'fashion' bc it's in style will walk around with hundreds or thousands in their pocket yet won't give fifty cents to someone who needs it. Actually, they don't really walk around they get the chaffuer to drive them.
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