HBX traces the origins of chained accessories in this streetwear photoshoot by Isaac Lam. Showcasing the 2018 Spring/Summer 'After Nature' capsule by Finnish womenswear label Aalto, the HBX editorial summarizes the history behind chains as a fashion statement. Appropriately dubbed 'Chain Mail,' the streetwear photoshoot highlights a number of accessories and bags that still make use of the design element.
The edgy motif was synonymous with 50s biker subcultures who used it as a pragmatic tool to keep belongings on their person en route. The chain then transitioned as an important staple of the punk movement, where it kept wallets and keys safe during mosh-pits. In the context of today's fashion, this HBX streetwear photoshoot shows that chains are still a prominent element of the everyday wardrobe.
Photo Credits: Isaac Lam