Commission — known for its underground, tailored mix — is separating itself from the pack with distinctive and wearable clothes that are best experienced in real life, rather than on the internet. “It’s important when people interact and see the details in our clothes because they’re not really loud. They’re meant to be worn and discovered up-close, it’s more meaningful to share our view person to person,” said cofounder Dylan Cao.
This considered, he and codesigner Jin Kay have refined the art of the salon. In lieu of a presentation or runway show, the designers have established a tradition of inviting clients, press and buyers to their studio each season to experience collections in a more personal format.
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For spring 2023, those to pop by were greeted by a more rock ‘n’ roll spread inspired by youth culture and the fleeting nature of those years where it feels like everything can come undone. Many of the clothes, in fact, were designed around the idea of a life on the edge of unraveling — inspired by Cao and Kay’s recent transitory experiences, in which friends and loved ones circled in and out of their orbit.
Classic American high school wardrobe tropes like tracksuits, pleated miniskirts and sports jerseys were manipulated to reflect an adult-appropriate sophistication — this season all with a whiff of underground party culture.
“We looked at uniforms and also the idea of uniformity,” Kay said. “We put a spin on it this season by looking at youth through a darker lens.”
Launch Gallery: Commission RTW Spring 2023