A few weeks ago, Hood by Air — the New York-based label that has taken the fashion world by storm — took its gender-bending streetwear to Paris for the men's spring 2016 collections. Designer Shayne Oliver showcased all his signatures: the logo-emblazoned sweatshirts, the pleated hobble skirts, the fetish pants ... as well as another, more recent HBA-runway fixture, hardcore orthodontia.
This wasn’t the first time braces have broke into high fashion lately. Opening Ceremony featured metal-mouthed model Charlie James in its Fall 2015 presentation — who managed to steal the spotlight from such high-profile guests as Spike Jonze and Chloe Sevigny. HBA had dental hardware in its previous runway show in New York, too. And former French Vogue editor — and arbiter of all things chic — Carine Roitfeld put a giddy, braces-baring teen on the cover of her glossy CR Fashion Book in February.
So, are braces — the source of so much adolescent awkwardness and humiliation — suddenly … cool?