What’s the best way to illustrate the link between techno and fashion? Probably that bouncers behind the hallowed doors of anywhere from Berlin’s Berghain to Amsterdam’s Shelter judge you on what you wear. Get the plain black tee and rave-ready trainers right, and you’ll enter a nocturnal nirvana. Style it wrong? Nein, nee, not tonight.
Enter Rupture. Their latest AW 19-20 lookbook takes us underground to the dank, dark depths of subterranean Paris. Grittily grouted tiles become a backdrop. Otherworldly, dodgy electronic boxes frame the scene. It’s time to get rewired.
As for the clothes? The collection is minimalist, but boldly so. Black tees with the new Rupture logo, both front-facing and reversed, are synced with a hoodie marked with an epilepsy warning. Everything is corrupted with a glitch effect, making the collection feel less streetwear and more spyware.
It’s a collection that can be worn in a multitude of ways. Black and white tees never tire, and neutral hoodies always make for effortless, striking layers. Really, though, it’s for the night. Its club clobber through and through, made to be worn out through wearing out (though it’s high-quality threads should have you covered).
The Parisian brand has come up rapidly. Starting just two years ago in the French capital, it’s a collection of counter-culture clothing aims to break the mould and create something novel. Seamlessly styled, the fabric of society becomes unstitched, ruptured.
They’re true to their home, too. Every garment is made in Paris, its crafting as French as its street-chic style. But where to wear it? We’re here to help. Here are some ideas, picked out from some of Paris’ finest techno palaces. Entry not guaranteed.
Wear your tee to Rex. Why? It was started by techno legend Laurent Garnier, and it’s garnered a cult following in the past couple of decades. Walls and booths lit with cosmic patterns wind around a dancefloor that lives up to its name, giving ample space to rave to sounds of the future.
5 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002.
LA STATION – GARES DE MINES
The team behind the tautological Radio Station Station also own a properly underground club housed in an old coal mine. Ran by the MU Collective, it brings hard-hitting electro sounds to an intimate crowd of true techno heads. There’s also a terrace for smoking area DMCs, and to catch euphoric sunsets.
29 Avenue de la Porte d’Aubervilliers, 75018.
LA MACHINE DU MOULIN ROUGE
Four rooms make up this hedonistic buffet. To start? Basement venue La Chaufferie. For your main (room) you have Le Central, boasting a capacity of a thousand ravers and where you’ll catch the top selectors. That’s backed by Le Bar à Bulles, a clandestine bar. To end? Le Toit, an exclusive rooftop area open during summer for champagne and chill vibes.
90 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018.
Located on the ground floor of the Cité de la Mode et du Design. 1500 tech-heads can squeeze into its punky, alternative architecture, most clad in dark shirts that can be powered-up with killer accessories. Expect the finest curation of techno and house DJs, plucked meticulously from every underground corner of the world.
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, Rez de Seine, 75013.