UMAWANG 2022 FALL/WINTER WOMENSWEAR – THE NOMADIC RIDERS


UMAWANG 2022 FALL/WINTER WOMENSWEAR – THE NOMADIC RIDERS

The Nomadic riders

The great plains await since the beginning.
Beyond the last peach trees, close to the waters, a white horse, with sleepy eyes, seems to be filling the morning.
The arching neck, like a Persian blade, and the mane, and the swirling tail.
The horse is elegant and firm and made up of long curves.
I remember a quaint verse by Chaucer: ‘a very horsely horse’.
Nothing else, except the noon.
The horse is here and now, but there is something different about it because it is also a horse in a dream by Alexander of Macedon.

-J.L.Borges-

The aesthetics of the entire series of 2022 F/W collection unfold from the imagery of Jorge Luis Borges’ extract “The Horse,” extending to the image of the Gauchos, the Pampas, the South American Botany, and the Malabo (a folklore dance)

Design Highlights:

* Different varieties of hand-dyed alpaca eco fur. The extraordinary craftsmanship creates multiple expressions and textures of fur, ancient and silent, strong and unruly, like the nomads on the grassland…
* Jacquard, printed and hand-dyed degradè fabrics; plaid combined with bright velvets; herringbone fabric alongside the eco fur, and eco fur embroidered with jacquard panels; natural and simulated ambivalence, front and back’s dubiety, color shades irresolutions….all these uncertainties interweave into an epic plot aria.
* And uncertainty builds its certainty into the oversized cut, the menswear style, and the innate elegance of a timeless wardrobe
* In the end, an ode to the Gauchos poetry with earflaps wide-brimmed hats that looks burnt by the sun…

-HSU SHUN YING

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