PHOTOS: ANDREW TESS.
Nearly 10 years after Hood By Air’s inception, the issue of gender-bending clothing should no longer be a point of contention. Every season, designer Shayne Oliver presents a street worthy collection equally suitable for men and women, featuring oversized silhouettes, bondage, and plenty of cutouts and crop tops. This season was no different. HBA’s Spring/Summer ’16 collection found inspiration in the idea of uniforms, but Oliver took their typically rigid rules and spliced them into gaping cutout pants, stomach-exposing minidresses, and denim pants with slits just below the hip bone. Oliver even designed a take on the wrestling singlet, presenting the traditional body hugging form, but with added white bondage jutting out from either side, strapping the wearer’s arms to his or her torso.