September 18, 2000
The future of fashion, at least according to creative team As Four, lies in collaboration, not the personality cult of superstar designers. For the last couple of years, Ange, Gabi, Kai and Adiwho hail from Russia, Lebanon, Germany and Israel, respectively, and prefer not to use last nameshave lived as a family in a silver-painted loft in downtown New York where they create body-enveloping "embryo suits," spiral-cut trousers and the famous metallic-print circle bags that Björk regularly carries. A year ago, As Four's first-ever presentation consisted of battery-powered, miniature "hula dolls" that spun around on a large table wearing quirky paper outfits. For Spring 2001, the group opted for a slightly more conventional routea runway show-turned-concert/carnival. Local bands played, acrobats twirled about, and girls strutted onstage wearing massive chiffon skirts and street-tough twisted-seam jeans. No doubt a spectacular presentation, but who will actually wear As Four's whimsical designs? "Anybody who's true to themselves and has real style," says Gabi confidently"whether it's a woman shopping at Colette in Paris or walking down the streets of Chinatown."