May 7, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of ModaLisboa
Lisbon, Portugal – Imagine a combination of the 1922’s Nosferatu starring actor Max Schreck as the villainous Count Orlof and the evil mutant vampires from 2002’s Blade 2 starring Wesley Snipes. Well that is the beauty aesthetic that designer Ricardo Andrez is giving for the new Fall Winter 2015/16 collection. And ironically enough, it works very well in the telling of the story that he is seeking to tell this season.
First off Andrez is giving both the women and the men the same look: fake bald heads and ghostly white makeup. There are no facial expression to be found on the visages. This is necessary as he is working hugely with black. However, there is room for the bits of white, blue and even for a small camel section. The stripes and prints in both the women’s and the men’s collections are present with reckless abandon if like to create separate, but equal energies.
We find contrasting large volumes on the bottom half of the silhouette against tighter proportions on the upper portion. There are plenty of largely cut, maxi length skirts for both the men and women. The result is a delicious cocktail of modernity with a hugely urban edge that is pleasing to the eye and all the senses.