On Sunday 30 April 2018, the duo of young Dutch designers from the Caribbean, Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, won the Première Vision Grand Prix du Jury 2018 at the 33rd Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères. An award with a 15,000-euro prize that Première Vision awarded alongside the President of the Jury, designer Haider Ackermann.
In September, after having shown their collection at Première Vision New York (17 and 18 July), the winning duo will present their designs at Première Vision Paris (Hall 5) in an exclusive exhibit where looks from the winning collection will be on display.
FISH OR FIGHT : THE MEN’S COLLECTION BY RUSHEMY BOTTER & LISI HERREBBRUGH
The duo offers a joyous homage to the innate style of the Caribbean, celebrating the ability of unknown persons to embellish their daily lives by repurposing found elements. This collection consists of a three dimensional mix of items from a classic men’s wardrobe, accompanied by sportswear and antiquated details one imagines picked up on a beach.
Colourful fishing nets are repurposed as belts or swimsuits, loud-coloured plastic bags are worn as scarves or used to weave a bustier. The soles of dress shoes serve as imposing platforms for sneakers. A piece of a baseball cap is added to the remainder of a straw hat, creating a haughty headpiece. These outfits are accessorised with rubber child floats and water pistols washed up on the shore.
The oversized Prince of Wales suits are reworked and deconstructed to create scruffy shapes opening to reveal graphic t-shirts or sport jackets. As the ultimate appropriation of these abandoned elements, large patches and embroideries cover this collection with the names of its designers.
The garments recount the life story of those who wear them and their desire for something carefree.
Exhibition, Hall 5
From 19 to 21 September 2018