Fashion is often seen as a superficial medium, but the latest collection from designers Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh proves that it can also be a powerful tool for self-expression and cultural representation. The recurring motif of a hand in the pocket of crisp jeans, drawing attention to a peeled away section that unbuttoned from the waistband, was not just a small detail, but an impactful one that spoke to the theme of “layering, peeling back your identity.”
Herrebrugh and Botter, who are based in Paris and have a unique understanding of the idea of clothing as cultural diversity, have gained attention and critical acclaim for their “Caribbean couture spirit” which extends not only to a signature turquoise hue but also to ocean conservation. Winning the ANDAM prize last summer appears to have given them renewed confidence and a sharper silhouette.
Their collection featured a mix of aquatic prints, streetwise pocket-laden outerwear, easy tailoring, and a touch of preppiness, all of which combined to create a convincing and cohesive vision. One of the most interesting innovations in their collection was the use of kelp textile mixed with cotton to comprise tactile knitwear, often paired with an upcycled bicycle seat repurposed as a cross-body bag. This not only added an element of sustainability, but also spoke to the designers’ focus on cleaning up the world.
The collection was completed by a futuristic 3D-printed sneaker produced in collaboration with Reebok and inspired by the comb-like shape of the murex seashell. The sneaker, worn with every look, summed up the Botter mission succinctly and showcased the designers’ ability to blend a variety of influences and ideas together to create something new and unique.
In a world where identity and representation are more important than ever, Botter and Herrebrugh’s collection serves as a reminder that fashion can be a powerful tool for self-expression and cultural representation. And, with their focus on sustainability, they are also showing the industry that it is possible to create fashion that is not only stylish but also environmentally responsible.
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