#NYFW: BlacMéra Spring/Summer 2014
Show: BlacMéra Spring/Summer 2014
Inspiration: Ancient Egyptian artifacts; designer Yuliana Candra‘s own personal archive of photos from her world travels.
Hair: Alixandria Taylor; Makeup: Liza Marie Santa Ana, Azra Red, & Patricia Saavedra
What We Thought:
From the incorporation of Egyptian blue and desert terracotta hues to the laser-cut script adorning eel leather detailing, Candra’s latest collection is certainly regal. It was the designer’s first time using eel leather, very different in texture and elasticity compared to other materials.
While we thought the colors of the collection were stunning from the start, we were even more fascinated to hear from Candra that the selection of her tunics utilized the original colors as captured in her photographs, with an equally fascinating backstory: while travelling in Lithuania, she got a flat tire. While slowly passing through town in search for a shop, she noticed one that had rows and rows of brightly colored garage and double doors.
Through her eye for photography, Candra continues to draw inspiration from unexpected places – whether rustic doors and padlocks to even “a pile of garbage” (as told to us by Candra, who was recalling one of her favorite shots from her personal photograph archive that she’s considering transforming into a tunic one day), each garment has been delicately crated from a mix of materials, all delicately composed to playfully pay tribute to rich, cultural history.