Discover VFILES Spring Summer 2019 collections by VFILES Runway Winners Elena Velez, MARRKNULL, Shuting Qiu, and WINDOWSEN presented on the roof off of the Barclays Center during the New York Fashion Week.
Presenting the VFILES RTW debut collection – VFILES YELLOW LABEL by Paul Cupo (formerly of Hood By Air), American rapper Lil Kim closed out the show in a surprise appearance.
Discover the collections after the jump:
Elena Velez is a recent graduate of Parsons The New School for Design. Her SS19 collection is inspired by the concept of creativity under constraint, especially during World War II. The materials used throughout are respective of the regulations and authentic to those of wartime and include salvaged canvas, scrap metal, repurposed parachutes and sustainable production techniques.
MARRKNULL is a Beijing based womenswear brand founded by Wei Wang and Tim Shi in 2016. For SS19, they were inspired by Chinese tourists. They examined the ways the tourists dressed and interacted in different spaces, and reconstructed their wardrobe staples like polo shirts and plaid pants through pattern manipulations and whimsical prints.
Shuting Qiu’s womenswear brand was established in 2017 after her graduation from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Her SS19 collection was inspired by a road trip through the Sahara Desert. The striking scenery, local textiles and culture of Marrakech inspired her custom fabric treatments, strong color contrasts and bold print combinations.
WINDOWSEN is a unisex Antwerp based brand founded by Sensen Lii after his recent graduation from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. His SS19 collection pushes the boundaries between sportswear and couture and is inspired by futuristic visual references as well as the artistry of drag performance.
VFILES YELLOW LABEL BY PAUL CUPO
For the SS19 debut of VFILES Yellow Label, Paul Cupo imagines a new class of youth entering the workforce. The collection explores the idea of “workwear” vs “clothes you wear to work.” Silhouette inspiration came from 1980s power suits and utility work uniforms- the materials included crinkled nylon and denim. The vibrant color palette was a playful contrast aimed to combat the drab nature associated with corporate life.