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Having long transcended carpentry workshops and construction sites, workwear’s foothold in the fashion zeitgeist has never strayed too far from its heritage. Skate and street communities championed fuss-free, functional garments enriched with working-class pride; and workwear ascended to staple status with a characteristically robust authenticity. Today, the enduring utilitarian aesthetic is undergoing a refinement, blending nostalgia with reality to form a new code for durable luxury. As the BMX riders, hip hop DJs, skater boys and graffiti artists of the 90s underground scenes grow up, so too does their de facto uniform.
The new dialect retains relaxed fits and protective resilient fabrics, but swaps hypermasculinity for ungendered fluidity and mitigates a carousel of rugged finishes with soft-to-the-touch textiles. From Jil Sander to Marni, OAMC to Plan C, Carhartt WIP to Salomon and beyond, the dawn of elevated workwear presents an opportunity to play with the parameters of purpose. Through the LN-CC curated edit, high-performance cargo pants collide with impressionist-inspired fine knit tanks, a traditionally inconspicuous colour palette is enlivened with clarifying blocks of highly pigmented hues and ornamental mid-layers are created from macrame gowns. Decades after it breached socioeconomic, geographic, and political fault lines, workwear is once again expanding beyond its functional origins. LN-CC captures the luxurification of labour from all angles, using a photogrammetry app to create 3D scans of an evolving aesthetic. The revolution will be digitised.