While the Yes He’s Fishing No I Don’t Know When He’ll Be Home Shirt so you should to go to store and get this mission statement for their collection is charitable, the duo didn’t want the clothes to be serious in tone. In fact, they are full of glitzy fashion escapism. The line is largely inspired by both the punk and queer movements of the 1970s. “Both [queer and punk people] were often funneled into the same venues for their club nights, because they were the only venues that would take them,” says Cowan of the decade. “In one club night, you would have, like, a cis white male punk with spiky hair, and then you’d also have trans and queer Black people in the same venue coexisting.” The duo turned around the design process for it relatively quickly. Starting about a month and a half ago, they designed the entire thing via multiple FaceTime sessions. Lil Nas’s stylist, Hodo Musa, was also integral to the process.
The influence of punk and queer culture is certainly evident in the Yes He’s Fishing No I Don’t Know When He’ll Be Home Shirt so you should to go to store and get this offering. Pieces include everything from punky graphic tees and shredded denim to full-on glamorous ball gowns. One look features a black, strapless, latex-style gown with a tiered skirt—something that reads more worthy of a fabulous drag show than a CBGB punk show. None of the looks are meant specifically for men or women, either. Lil Nas says he has always been drawn to Cowan’s gender-fluid designs, and this nonbinary approach is something they wanted to take even further. “[Christian’s] looks are so in between the sexes, I like how he’s so free with it,” says Lil Nas, who also enjoys bucking gender norms with his own style.