Destroying Fashion: The Deconstructed Look

deconstructed fashion spring 2012

Yohji Yamamoto,Thimister, Mugler, Maison Martin Margiela, Nicholas K Spring 2012 – images: IMAXtree

What does “deconstructed” mean when it comes to fashion? You can spot a deconstructed look by its defining characteristics which include raw edges, fraying, revealed linings, exposed zippers, and unusually sewn seams. Garments that appear unfinished, recycled, or give the illusion that they’re coming apart are the epitome of this relaxed trend. Some say that this rebellion against perfect tailoring is completely against the laws of fashion. We say the opposite, as do a lot of designers today. From high-end to affordable and from the U.S. to Europe, the deconstructed look is taking the fashion scene by storm. Though this trend has been hot on the market for a while, it is still one of the most prominent styles out there and continues to grow. This season alone we’ve seen a ton of deconstruction walk down the runways of fashion week from London to Paris to New York. Let’s focus on a couple of brands that are housing an enormous amount of deconstructed garments this Fall.


The Diesel brand is pretty much consumed by deconstruction. Diesel takes pride in arranging its seams in such a messy, yet organized way. Its collections are filled with torn denim, distressed washes, and frayed ends, in addition to its saggy silhouettes. But, it all seems to work! The vandalized theme runs not only throughout its apparel line, but through its accessories, handbags, and shoes as well. Personal favorites include the M-Tribe Sweater, Divina Brave Travel Bag, Fedusa Sweatshirt, and the Fayza Boyfriend Jeans. They can all be found at the Diesel online store.

Forever 21

Everyone has at least one item from Forever 21 in their closets. The brand is known for being amazingly priced and has an unbelievable variety when it comes to their selection. This season, you can find dozens of pieces that fall under the deconstructed category. Using methods such as undone seams, ragged hemlines, burnt out finishes, and raw-cut edges, the brand is keeping on top of this trend. Forever 21 is definitely jumping on the deconstructed bandwagon, along with some of the other fashion-forward designers out there. Whether you shop online or in their store, you are sure to come across some of their latest “destroyed” fashions. Check out the Slub Dolman Top, Distressed Hardware Skinnies, Twisted Rose Burnout Top, and the Two-Tone Deconstructed Sweater.

Diesel M-Tribe sweater, All Saints Aime Trench Dress


All Saints

All Saints is an awesome brand for men, women, and children. This label thrives on neutrals, dark colors, and deconstructed outfits. From outerwear to eveningwear, their pieces are inspirational in their design construction, fabrics, shapes, and draping. In terms of their dresses, some absolutely outstanding pieces include the Aime Trench Dress, Phinius Dress, and Python Ottavia Dress. Their outerwear masterpieces include the Steyning Coat, Wilkin Jacket, Hedda Jacket, and Nahara jacket. Other hot wish list items are the Dama Cardigan, Panama Shirt Dress, and Lorelie Shirt. Shop these items on their website or in any of the All Saints stores near you.
For those shoppers on a budget, here’s a little tip: with a pair of scissors or a razor blade, you can make some of your own deconstructed looks at home!