Designer, Luar Zepol
This collection's theme was "Desacatao." "It means 'ready, willing.' It's just Dominican slang for just ready to go off and do whatever you want. The collection is inspired by tactical wear. It's this boy that falls into this matrix, and he's just like, paintballing with his friends, going crazy in the Dominican Republic. I just wanted to reminisce on my childhood when I would go paintballing and what I would love to wear. I always tap into my childhood or things that have happened to me, and I take it and interpret it in my way for the future."
There aren't that many designers in New York who are mining Latino backgrounds. "No, there really aren't, or that are even pushing the envelope in menswear. People want to stay real traditional, classic."
Brenmar DJ'd your show. "He's a really good friend of mine, but the guys who did the music are Gatekeeper, who couldn't be here. I showed them some images of the clothes and we're always on the same page. They're so good and forward. I'm really into Disney, scary movies and the whole villain [vibe], very spooky sound effects. Their music is kinda that. I always want to put people into a trance so when you leave the show you can't get over it. Spooky, but in a good way."
What’s your prediction for 2014? "Gender-bending. Grabbing all the genders and just bending them every which way. I just want no boundaries. I feel like men and women were created equal. In the Eastern hemisphere, men can wear kilts, tunics, dresses. If you wear a dress or tunic here, you're gay, you're a freak. To me, it's beautiful. I love when someone wears something of mine and feels powerful."
Luar Zepol's Fall 2013 collection is available at Opening Ceremony.