La Cigale theatre, Paris

Telfar’s philosophy is fashion that’s “not for you – for everyone.”

New York-based designer Telfar Clemens made his Paris Fashion Week debut at La Cigale theatre in September, and Crack Magazine’s Art Directors Michelle Helena Janssen and Ade Udoma headed backstage to get a first look at the collection. Featuring new iterations of the ubiquitous Telfar tote bag, the SS20 collection also drew inspiration from “the customs and security lines at any airport at any given time, anywhere in the world”. As Telfar’s artistic director Babak Radboy said to Vogue before the show, “When you’re standing in line for customs you see almost every kind of person and every type of clothing. We made a list of the items we saw time and time again, and then set about abstracting them.”

Classic staples were deconstructed and reimagined, ranging from T-shirt dresses to Metallica wrap tops, leather jackets, cargo pants and cut-out tracksuits. Accompanying Clemens’ Paris debut was the new Clayton Vomero-directed film The World Isn’t Everything, featuring behind-the-scenes shorts of Crack Magazine’s shoot with Bakar, clips of former cover star Steve Lacy, Petra Collins, contributions from Kelsey Lu, Bbymutha and vocals by Klein.

Check out the SS20 collection below.