"We like clothes that pose rhetorical questions, like: How much of a torso must a shirt cover, anyway? Of course, in the case of this splendid sarong from Siki Im’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, “The Topography of Globalization,” it is not really a shirt that is being questioned. This thing can be wrapped about the body in a number of ways, most every configuration chanting to the pagan delights of Black Metal Serfwear. Im’s vision of such serfdom comes from a studied and political place, as he told T Magazine, speaking to this collection, “I’m definitely influenced by academics who seem to have a more socialist leaning. It’s not their political opinion I am interested in—rather it’s their cultural and social theories and observations that help in my design process.”
Whatever his high-minded influences, these clothes shine thanks to thoughtful but supremely understated details like the absence of visible buttons and little folded flaps over some of the pockets. The Dropped Jogging Pant definitely looks like it is carrying a fresh load, but in the most flattering way imaginable. The Cargo Dropped Pant, however, has a clownish silhouette that we just can’t get behind. Of course, we are not certified black metal, and rocking most of these wares to their fullest definitely requires an almost bellicose level of confidence we may never posses. By now you must know who carries this stuff."
We love Selectism.com and their careful monitoring of men's fashion in general, not to mention their continued support of Blackbird. Yesterday they featured a whole piece on Siki Im and his extremely original and inventive clothing, namely the Sarong, Cargo Dropped Pant, and the Dropped Jogging Pant. They've even come up with a classification for our particularly dark aesthetic: Black Metal Serfwear. Here's a quote from yesterday's article: