En Noir FW14
New York NY
2014


In an ongoing collaboration with the fashion label En Noir, Snarkitecture created the scenic design and experience for their Fall/Winter 2014 runway show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Referencing En Noir's concept of "tunnel vision", guests entered the space through a 100' long tunnel. Beginning as a narrow passageway, the cragged enclosure transitions into a cavernous opening along its length, ultimately leading into the 40,000 SF volume of the Armory. The environment is made single piece of black knitted mesh fabric suspended from above, its undulating form recalling the excavation of a tunnel.

A raised runway with tiered seating on either side cuts through the center of the space, leading to a large, spotlit curtain. With the audience anticipating the show starting from this end, the curtain dropped to reveal a media riser filled with photographers. At the same moment, the viewer's attention was redirected to the far end of the tunnel where a spotlight illuminated a model in perfect silhouette. As the models walked forward they emerged from the darkness of the tunnel into the bright light of the runway, bringing En Noir's all-black collection into sharp focus.

Photos by Noah Kalina.