"Emotions reminiscing of a free soul flowing through the swamp of life, getting bound by every step we take by society, by obligations. And we must remain positive no matter what boundaries life brings us." This sums up what inspired Dutch designer Jonathan Christopher's latest collection, titled NEXUM, presented during Amsterdam Fashion Week in cooperation with Vodafone Firsts Fashion LAB.
A mysterious atmosphere was created with a lot of mist and black trees as a backdrop for the show with black birds flying (hanging) above the runway. The air smelled of musky burnt wood.
The collection was classy, sexy, and masculine.
Big garments were used to set the carrier free from restriction while belts and cords were used to bound the two back together. The use of leather was dominant in high contrast with the use of sheer and fluid fabrics. While the male body is seen through sheer materials, it exposes the wearer and makes him vulnerable.
To enhance the mystery in the air, the male models we're covered in scrapes and cuts as if they had fought their way through the woods onto the runway.
The brand Jonathan Christopher experiments on the juxtapositions in life to which the designer is drawn: masculine and feminine, light and dark, soft and harsh. Fragility yet strength is referenced using delicate romantic draping against a hard shell of tailoring.