CHAR­AC­TER

Na­pa­pi­jri moves to­wards sea­son­less col­lec­tions

Augustman - - Contents - WORDS ASRI JAS­MAN PHO­TOS NA­PA­PI­JRI

Michael Na­j­jar will be the first artist in space

WHEN BURBERRY AN­NOUNCED its de­ci­sion to dis­card the tra­di­tion of nam­ing col­lec­tions by sea­sons, it was the brand’s way of recog­nis­ing cus­tomers all over the world who don’t ex­pe­ri­ence sea­sons. With ev­ery part of the world just a plane ride or two away, a more use­ful way to or­gan­ise col­lec­tions is in or­der.

While this has got other fash­ion brands think­ing about or re­ject­ing the idea, Na­pa­pi­jri’s lat­est col­lec­tion is ded­i­cated to glo­be­trot­ters. The travel-friendly items are made with fab­rics that suit most cli­mates no mat­ter the time of year. The clothes are not en­tirely purged of sea­sonal traits but more thought has been put into what trav­ellers ac­tu­ally need.

The col­lec­tion is split into two themes ‒ Wan­der­lust and African Pow­der ‒ to show­case dif­fer­ent spec­trums of travel. Wan­der­lust ap­peals to the trav­eller who favours com­fort above all else, fea­tur­ing cool fab­rics like cot­ton piqué and stretch cot­ton. De­tails are kept sub­tle but colours range from bright pas­tels to deeper bold tones.

The African Pow­der range of­fers toned­down colours and fo­cuses on sar­to­rial de­tails. Raw fin­ishes, mul­ti­ple pock­ets and washed treat­ments make for easy lay­er­ing and add grav­i­tas to the savvy trav­eller look.

Sea­sons change but they’re man­age­able for those who know their way around. Trav­elthemed col­lec­tions of adapt­able cloth­ing like Na­pa­pi­jri’s makes trav­el­ling has­sle-free.

MICHAEL NA­J­JAR

“I fo­cus on the con­struc­tion of sim­u­lated re­al­ity, and I ap­proach art by turn­ing the fields of sci­ence and art into vi­sions of fu­ture so­cial struc­tures im­pacted by tech­nol­ogy. My Outer Space se­ries com­bines ma­nip­u­lated pho­tog­ra­phy and com­puter ren­der­ings that blur the line be­tween fic­tion and re­al­ity.”

The clothes are not en­tirely purged of sea­sonal traits but more thought has been put into what trav­ellers ac­tu­ally need

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