Fashion brand NAMACHEKO unveiled their Fall Winter 2021.22 Plato’s Fallout Collection with a fashion film directed by Dries Vanderaerden, as part of digital Paris Fashion Week. Designers Dilan and Lezar Lurr face the pandemic time without being shellshocked or indifferent. The collection finds the balance between dreams and reality.
“The underworld must come up above ground if it is to ignite a revolution, for as pleasurable as soil may smell and feel, it does not easily catch fire. These figures find both beauty and disappointment in the sunlight. The Met Museum has recreated CBGB and it has no swollen bodies left in it, only drones. Their respective loves, both intellectual and fleshy, are deader than cigarette ash and lost to the piquant taste of decay. Yet they march on, not only because they are beautiful, but also because they know that they can now choose whether or not to be outsiders, whether to expose themselves or to revert to a tender, shielding, orange chrysalis.
They drag upwards from Hades traces of couture and elegance, like erstwhile photographers or filmmakers returning to their negatives, ready to transport us to and from a past that is so present that it may never have existed, like the memory of lips. They tell us that we do not need clothes per se, nor do we need some kind of post-apocalyptic armor. What we need is to teach each other how to see Plato’s Cave, Plato’s Fallout Shelter, Plato’s Better Homes and Gardens, from all sides both fantastical and real.” – from Namacheko