Fall Winter 2019 “Revolutions Per Minute” is a small, intellectual collection that I created in order to streamline my roots as a design creative and also plays into the narrative of how I view the world around me. I decided this season to rework non binary and unisex street-wear staples such as oversized hoodies done in a battle armour inspired way, jackets that are interchangeable + full of conviction, tailored denims, but also statement accessory items like surgical and masquerade masks to accentuate the story-line. Each design element used in R.P.M directly correlates with the overall message I am sending through the medium of sustainable fashion. Also, with a new decade approaching quickly, I acted on the importance of intertwining intellectual design and re-imagined style altogether.
The FW19 R.P.M color palette comes from a simple and monochromatic standpoint. Chains, zippers, metal appliques, and stud + spike embellishments reflect on my earlier trademarks and give an overall dystopic feel to this product range. With plenty of climate marches taking place and millions of people attending global protests for change, I felt it was right to incorporate an anarchist edge into each garment while focusing on simple design. Many of us are fighting for revolution and it inspires me deeply.
Flash reflective materials which before now was never used in my collections has now been heavily incorporated. I was inspired by this new generation of clothing made for taking trendy instagram photos/videos. While I think it’s a great and interactive trend, I wanted to make it my own while also dissecting the reality we all face while interacting in the digital age our current society finds itself in. These are social statement pieces that I hope will further the conversation as to how we can each do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle fashion.
Interchangeability is an element I experimented with on select looks via the use of zippers. I want my clients to have options and decisions. This includes removable sleeves as well as hoods that can seperate and be used as a neck warmer if needed. I believe that a sustainable garment moving forward into 2020 should have different ways of styling in order for it to stay in people’s wardrobes for a longer amount of time, rather than being quickly disposable which further pollutes the planet.
Touching base with where I come from while staying in relation to the global climate crisis is important to me. I created this collection to be a true depiction/narrative of these two things. Above all things, this is a testament to the now rising eco fashion movement; a lifestyle collection to close the end of an era, the 2010’s. This is a call to action for all people to think more sustainable when it comes to fashion.
I have reimagined, reinvented, and repurposed my ideology alongside these items in this collection in hopes of bringing people together to have a common purpose. I want to spark a conversation as to how we can work together to make a difference, starting with what we wear and how we wear it. “REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE” was made for style revolutionaries and fashion rebels everywhere.
Models: C.T THORNE & BAD BICHE (GABRIELLE) & STEVIE CROWNE