I wanted to embody human diversity with bold garments that pair the soft and the rigid, even studded materials – elegant and flowing silhouettes are balanced with dashing details and exaggerated features. I used shapes, textures, and colors to portray a vivid Garden, including some floral motifs as well as aquatic references, where I drew inspiration from mystical water elementals and bioluminescence. Many of the clothes offer multi-plane, complex opulence while the translucent materials reveal contrasting layers.
There are several signature pieces that feature erotic art motifs from the feudal Japan era (Shunga), some of which are embroidered onto patterned fabric in full – adorning two different oversized blazers – while others are laser-printed onto PVC in an abstract all-over pattern – making for a statement rain coat.
Thematically, Oriental Garden benefits from a singular creative force that gives life, support, and love to all its creatures, which I chose to symbolize with the human vagina, alluding to it in the artistic videos shown at the event. Expanding this metaphor, I wanted to make a punky stand for acceptance on the runway and asked several of our girls to wear a mohawk below the belt. I was quite happy to see them take our message in stride and their genuine self-confidence made the show so much more exciting.