BOTTER designers Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter – who surprisingly announced earlier this month that they were leaving the house of Nina Ricci after a three-year collaboration to focus on their men’s label BOTTER – returned to Paris Fashion Week with a new collection that paid homage to black Caribbean culture.
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Refusing to see fashion as a mere artificial and superficial self-expression, the BOTTER creative director duo sought to give meaning to their work.
“The times we live in are becoming more and more surreal and full of conflicting emotions. Pandemics, wars against democracy, environmental problems related to climate change. All of this represents a new normal that we experience on a daily basis, and it’s inevitable that the fashion world will also be influenced by all of this”, said Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter in the notes for their coed Fall/Winter 2022 collection.
They took beads – in the Caribbean culture and more generally in African culture, beads become “an inalienable instrument to express culture, pride and self-awareness” – to adorn leather jackets with bangs, polo shirts or to make wigs that cover most of the models’ face, like dreadlocks. Note that these beads were made from plastic waste from the ocean.
Elsewhere, in keeping with their longstanding concern for the environment, they used fabric scraps to fabric several pieces in their collection while costumes in acidic shades of pink, turquoise and green – many with flaps and slits inspired by scuba diving costumes – paid homage to the explosion of color during carnival.
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