While mushrooms are beautiful to look at, they seem to give even more to the fashion world. Yesterday, my colleague, senior fashion news writer Emily Farra, mentioned to me that she had received mushroom leather in the mail last week. She also pointed out that the Twitter user @bxxwie created a thread comparing runway images to mushrooms: Radiant orange polypores were compared to a searing tangerine dress at Christopher John Rogers from fall 2020, purple clavaria zollingeri to a tiered look at Balmain spring 2019, and a smooth and curvy alien panis lecomtei to a bulbous skirt on a dress at Alexander McQueen spring 2007.
Of course, while mushrooms cut an interesting, sometimes droopy, shape, there is another level to their playful appeal. Nicolas Atkins of Electro Magnetic Studios, the brain behind Hadid’s mushroom necklace, created them