Los Angeles based brand AIREI presented their Spring Summer 2023 Menswear Collection, on June 21st, during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The title of the collection is ‘Sunflower Gardens’ which encompasses the balance between protection and fragility. Named after the designers home years ago on a sojourn to Kolkata (Calcutta) India, it strives to conjure the picture of leaving the confines to experience the chaos and adventure of life beyond. Durable and fragile materials recreate in garments the essence of this struggle. Still experimenting with traditional Indian materials, this season we are introduced to Khadi silk referencing Kurta Pajama – the most popular style of pants in Kolkata. Designer color palette for this season is black, white and the culturally significant color Saffron makes its debut for this collection where pieces are dyed with the actual plant.
SPRING SUMMER 2023 COLLECTIONS
This season’s installation is a direct reference to Mother Teresa’s Nirmal Hriday “home of the dying destitutes” ; those without a home or living on the street are sheltered and cared for to provide digitinity in their last days. Curry is inviting the viewers into his experience volunteering at Nirmal Hriday, where he experienced a life defining shift of perception in the realm of life and death. Throughout the space, “The Awakening of the Fountain”, a poem written on the streets of Sudder street by Rabindranath Tagore is stitched onto blankets. – from Airei
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