80s nostalgists dress like they've forgotten just how f'd up those years really were -- as if pushing up the sleeves of your blazer could capture the dueling madness of crack and Reaganomics. Fearlessly mining the Delorean Decade, Parish Nation.
From Enyce's founding partners, Parish's hand-drawn spring line pays appropriately loud & wacky homage to the fantastic foulness of New-Coke-era hip hop with a full range of wildly creative, just-barely wearable designs. Shirts range from tees like the black, rhinestone-studded "Nighttime" (w/ squiggly, multi-colored apartment buildings and an embroidered frowning yellow moon patch), to quirky polos like "Doozers" (brown, pink, & teal stripes, w/ a cluttered collage of box-headed, dookie-roped breakdancers); meanwhile, mirthfully freaky hoodies are best repped by "Game Over": sky blue, w/ Pac-Man-fonted "Game Over" text, Mario Bros. clouds & gold coins, and plum, white, and yellow diagonal-striped pockets clearly meant to conceal a street-purchased high-score. Jackets start out modestly kooky ("Yarn Print Mock": a fleece-lined multi-colored number w/ mock t-neck), but end up amazingly trippy, as with the brocade fabric'd "Tapestry Buddha Mock" (beige sleeves, bright blue, red, and white 3-headed God-demon on back); jeans also start relatively toned down (the dusty blue, red contrast-stitched "Curved Backpocket"), but then get loopy with the neon-doodled "Heath Wealth", and the snakeskin belt-looped "Caribbean Queen", which sports an embroidered monster on the butt and back thighs -- moving you out of Billy Ocean's dreams, and into his night terrors.
Though it's tough to nail down a single craziest item, the honor might go to the Mangler Board Shorts -- not just because of the chaotic all-over print of "everyday people", but because they'll also remind people just how f'd up those calves really are.