According to the Sunday New York Times, mushrooms are having a moment in interior design and beyond. I’m no professional fashion forecaster, but I bought this super cozy, totally trippy hoodie well over a month ago. And I have to admit, I do get a kick out of riding the wave of “mushroom mania” into Spring.
As a fashion lover, I am always foraging for pieces with a special sense of style. And this Fungi Kingdom hoodie was just too fun to ignore. As a sustainable shopping proponent, the CHNG brand values align with mine. And the fact that I could purchase this upcycled hoodie via Housing Works online shop made it a done deal.
So what’s fueling this fascination for fungi? Is it their squishy pillar body and soft-edged cap? A renewed interest in the playful, the surreal, the weird? Whatever it is, the mushroom is a simple yet iconic motif that’s captured our cultural consciousness. From the adorable Super Mario Super Mushrooms to the most definitely, not-for-kids parasitic fungal infection that turns people into zombies in HBO’s “The Last of Us,” mushrooms are making up for lost time. Mushroom gifts on Etsy have more than tripled in the past 12 months. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store carries over a dozen mushroom-shaped lamps, including the best-selling Nesso. And Amazon abounds with mushroom-themed home decor. On a more serious note, the reishi mushroom, also referred to as the “mushroom of immortality,” has been revered in Asian culture for thousands of years.
But back to this look.
But back to this look. Hand-coated pants with the look of leather and a silhouette that’s easy to live in made a versatile base for day…or night. Keeping the rest of my palette to monochromatic black with bright pops of color delivered a fresh, no-fuss casual look. And when I swapped the hoodie out for a sequin top and sneakers for jeweled slides, voilà a dressed-up vibe as well.
Are you feeling fungi this Spring? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Sneakers: (Nike, 4 other colorways too.)
Shoes: (Birdies, in 12 wear-everywhere versions.)
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Photography by Kristin Moore-Gantz @artdirectthis. Street art by @dylanegon.