Kick is part of the big leagues. In the middle of the afternoon, the duo of creators at the head of the artistic direction of the Parisian label, winner of the ANDAM 2022 prize, particularly stood out during Paris Fashion Week by an elaborate and exotic autumn-winter 2023-2024 collection. Extending the questions around interbreeding and creolization – themes already raised during the previous women’s collection presented last October, Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh returned to their culture of origin: the Caribbean.
How to reconcile this multicultural identity, made up of diverse influences and homelands? And how to build oneself as an individual in the light of these questions? If the duo does not provide a closed answer, it has the merit of intelligently opening up the debate at a time when fashion has never before been so affected by questions of inclusivity and diversity. “The young generation from the Caribbean is building solid foundations by driving a new artistic wave […] which bears the weight of history and culture,” Botter noted as an introduction to the collection.
A slew of wacky new accessories
On the track of Garage Amelot in the XIth arrondissement of Paris, references to the Caribbean were not lacking. From the music to the clothes, it was a supercharged presentation that we witnessed – the sounds mixing different musical rhythms energized the audience, who were even surprised dancing timidly on the benches. The colors in blue tones, inspired by ocean landscapes, have gradually darkened on the silhouettes in reference to the seabed where light is scarce.
During their last spring-summer collection, the couple had designed a multitude of wacky accessories like these gloves filled with water and made from condoms, these diving hoods, these bags in the shape of fish or even these high shoes whose soles seemed to have been filled with water. New salvo of saucy accessories for this autumn-winter collection! Among the 33 looks presented today, we were surprised by necklaces at the end of which hung cars or bags in the shape of bicycle saddles. Botter has also declined several new pairs of shoes in collaboration with equipment supplier Reebok. Beautiful projects, then.