As spring yawns, unfurling its vibrant hues and lively textures into the fashion industry, we peer into the looking glass of the upcoming season with the BOTTER Spring/Summer 2024 collection. A tantalizing blend that intertwines elements of whimsy, contemplation, and, somewhat unexpectedly, Caribbean voodoo.
Guests attending BOTTER Spring/Summer 2024 show found themselves entering a realm of tangible narratives, where their seats bore gifts that echoed the theme of the collection: a curious keychain bearing a doll’s head or a meticulously packed T-shirt emblazoned with the word “voodoo“. This foray into a universe where the bizarre and the beautiful coexist signaled the commencement of an unordinary expedition into fashion’s new dimensions.
Disembodied doll heads and limbs adorned models like arcane amulets, their fine, trailing hair reminiscent of untamed horse manes. It was a sight that could be deemed eerie, yet, quite paradoxically, the atmosphere was far from it. A balance between meditative thoughtfulness and lighthearted capriciousness prevailed, painting the runway with an intriguing palette of emotions.
Behind this collection’s curtain of whimsy, designing duo Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, cradling their newborn child, unraveled the inspiration drawn from their Caribbean roots. Botter, hailing from Curaçao, and Herrebrugh, from the Dominican Republic, shared how voodoo, often stigmatized, actually symbolizes unity and interconnectedness in their cultures.
“In our view, voodoo represents the cosmic interplay where every entity contributes to weaving the tapestry of life,” Herrebrugh elucidated.
True to their design philosophy, the BOTTER pair successfully amalgamated a plethora of textures into their creations. From the playful Scooby Doo yarn woven into polo shirts and bags to the gripping art of Haitian illustrator Day Brièrre emblazoned on their outfits, they cast a spell of diversity on their collection.
The garments spun tales of human experience, effectively blurring the lines between corporate and vacation life. A black pantsuit embedded with a bikini top, its pant legs provocatively peeled open, perhaps reflected the desires of a stressed executive yearning for a beach retreat. The grand finale: a lavish shirt billowing with ‘lasagna’ layers of floral patterns and banker stripes, an embodiment of the clash and coexistence between work and play.
In the BOTTER Spring/Summer 2024 collection, the ordinary intersects with the extraordinary, culture commingles with couture, and stories spring to life from seams and stitches. This audacious exploration into the nuanced narrative of fashion assures us one thing: BOTTER is not just about wearing clothes; it’s about wearing stories.
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