Mexican painter Diego Riviera heavily influenced the collection. Motifs from his works were employed in this collection to give it an artistic flair. Noticeably, one of his most famous works, Calla Lilies, was translated into the collection. The silhouettes in the collection were also inspired by Riviera’s work.
Inspiration was also found in Colombian novelist Gabriel Gacía Márquez, especially his novel The Autumn of the Patriarch. Military themes in the form of “subtle nods” to historical and political figures. If not visible with a brief look through the collection that would be because the sisters have “portrayed these in an unconventional and surrealistic ways.” This imbued an interesting, not wholly visible, political and militaristic complexity into the clothes.
Usually when designers inject subtexts into their collection there is a lack of everyday wearability, which from a business standpoint is quite important. The Surguladze sisters managed to include smart references in their collection without sacrificing the wearable charm of their designs. Designer’s are flocking to South America for inspiration. Hopefully, we can see more collections that are as culturally rich as this. Though there was room for improvement in this collection, such as more daring shapes, it was certainly enjoyable.
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