In the words of creative director Adebayo Oke-Lawal, the Nigerian fashion label Orange Culture‘s SS21 collection ‘The Faces in the Cloud’ is an “ode to those who have used their style and visual representation to fight oppression and how many stories are told in the clothes we wear.” The collection is vibrant, sometimes shapeless and sometimes structured, put on display in front of an artificial heavenly backdrop. The gender-bending commentary features a cast of two black models erasing the myths of gender in matching orange wigs and dynamically patterned button-downs.
The collection, shown during Milan Digital Fashion Week, features a cut-out black tank top that is soft and still severe, a short sleeve wrap top with a floral print, a halter top and matching pants, and a red collarless button down with eye graphics printed all over. There’s a dress with a multicolored abstract print, jeans with face outlines printed all over it, and a tight mock neck in a brown-orange abstract print with silhouette outlines of people on one side of it.
Oke-Lawal expressed in a statement that, “the pieces are deliberately soft, almost fragile, representing an understanding and thus caution, that the harm we do to others, we also do to ourselves. For me, now more than ever, it is important to highlight that we have a human ability to rescue ourselves from violence.”