Anti-interventionist Eric Hopper serves as FACTOTUM‘s Spring/Summer 2013 influence titled “Working and Thinking” after Hopper’s collection of articles and short stories Working and Thinking on the Waterfront: A Journal. Hopper began writing whilst working as a longshoreman and Japanese creative designer Koji Udo seems to have taken that nautical theme to heart – though the utilitarianism of the line is less evident in previous years. Loaded with dark, as opposed to vibrant, navy blues, reinterpreted nautical motifs, and stereotypes such as pashmina scarves and nautical stripes (albeit in different colors), one of the highlights in FACTOTUM’s upcoming spring/summer collection is the brightness (that is, relevant to its history). Though Mr. Udo mostly utilizes typical fall/winter colors and shades, he contrasts them with whites and creams and bright reds. As usual, the multiple contrasting layers and precise tailoring creates enough movement to keep things interesting. When conjuring up images upon hearing “longshoreman philosopher,” one would expect heavy, rugged fabrics which can be interpreted through Mr. Udo’s use of color. But the slim trousers, shawls, blazers and sweaters draped in a preppy fashion leads the audience down a contradictory path.
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