Irina Dzhus has never been a designer to shy away from experimental fashion and the premise of her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection dwells on the concept of avoiding the frustrating reality by focusing on an individual’s subjective Utopia.
Aptly titled as ‘Escapism‘, clothing in this instance takes on the role of a protective cocoon for the fragile unique individuality.
No doubt, wearer will feel a strong sense of empowerment. The usage of innovative cuts and choice of fabrications; textiles with creasy finishes and technical textures, raw edges–details looking as if they were incomplete or distressed, open constructive elements–add to the austere industrial aesthetics.
Not forgetting the stark, monochromatic colour palette, as abstract geometry of shapes and subtle drapes add a sense of poetry to the quiet drama.
Indeed, in an era where commerciality is all the rage, the brilliance of these multifunctional transformer garments from the Ukrainian conceptual womenswear brand speaks volume on the survival mechanism of the avant-garde essence that is within the fashion business realm; resilient, adaptable yet irreplaceable.