FAULT NYFW Designer Interview: Rafael Aguirre

 

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Fresh and emerging designer Rafael Aguirre for RALPHYPABLO debuts his first collection and sets a sharpened cool gentleman’s tone. With a refinement and specific details on the basic essentials of a wardrobe. As we caught up with designer, he mentioned his constant flow of traveling back and forth from Miami to New York. Originally from Miami myself, those southern, international caribbean and South American influences and the Miami life are subtly highlighted. He ensures to elevate with a concise and focused ten piece collection and delivers exactly what is needed. With classic majestic Italian wool pea coats in olive, navy and camel, wool slim fit trousers, square neck t-shirts, and Japanese cotton, the minimalist framework is effectively illustrated. Aguirre incorporates streetwear with the always wanted bomber jackets, wide leg trousers as an option and pop of electric blue and black leather, black shearling and neoprene, metal hardware and nylon textiles. Without question, this is sure to become closet staples for many gents all across.

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So, tell us about the inspiration for the collection. 

So, this is my first collection, this one means a lot to me. I was very inspired by the past – looking back my father actually inspired this collection. So It was a look back at pieces that he would wear. He was very much a fashion inspiration in my life. I was able to grasp that and kind of modernize it a little bit into my style and what I feel is happening currently in fashion. So a lot of the pieces are familiar but they have little details, cuts that are kind of current, or maybe not so current yet but I what I think is going to be the future of fashion.

What do you feel are the strongest pieces of the collection?

I think The white button down is very classic for me. The way that we have done it, It is a versatile piece, you can wear it casually or dress it up. You can dress it up and it will look very clean and put together. It is a versatile piece so at the end of the day it is one of my favorites.

I also think the jacket with the shearling collar on it with the long sleeves. I am really proud of that one. That’s blending a classic, we are using leather, shearling, mixing it.

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I saw a piece of jewelry – the long metal piece on the nose – what is it about?

Our friend, CHRISHABANA, they helped us out with the jewelry

 

Are you ever going to get into womenswear?

Yeah I think womenswear is definitely in the future. Just want to focus on menswear first and then I think at some point definitely.

Going through fashion week, obviously it is crazy for everybody from all standpoints and yourself a designer showing for the first time. Do you have any fashion week needs, necessities list that keeps you going?

Honestly a comfortable pair of sneakers. Living in NY you got to be able to get around like with this weather – snow, rain, its got to be something you don’t care if its going to get messed up. UBER. UBER is essential. You have to have UBER. They save lives. And then ah, water, stay clean, stay hydrated. I’ve been working out, taking care of myself, water is the best thing.

 

What is your fault?

I don’t know, (laughs) That is a good question. I mean I definitely have faults, I’m just like embracing them right now. Maybe a fault is wanting to do everything sometimes and just not having enough energy or hours in the day.

 

The FAULT team thanks you so dearly for having us and we certainly are keeping our eyes peeled for what is to come…

 

Words: Chaunielle Brown

Photography: Gerardo Vizmanos

 

New York Fashion Week: FAULT Top Picks

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Photography: Robert Perea

 

Sophisticatedly suited up…the line trailed down the block with slow stepping anticipation of the presentation that awaited us. A classic setting, warmth and polished with an endearing invitation to come stand a little closer, stay a little longer, linger for just a moment more. Gushed hearted red velvet blazers to finale close out jet black velvet. A story read from left to right and color hues transitioning to warming neutrals mixed with soft blues…the gentleman a most pleasant sight, hair delightfully dandy and they sat and stood, framed and poised. A suited Suitsupply of perfection.

Words: Chaunielle Brown

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Photography: Robert Perea

 

CWST leads us in the direction of comfy grunge, wrapped and tethered with layered pieces for an unwrapping. The dissection of grunge with the models who sported stringy, ‘I could care less, just woke up out a bed hair locks.’ The day after makeup wake up of an all night party gone salty or sour and in a multitude of crossed paths. The uniform stripe and chunky plaid, the embedded pins to decorate, a coloring of paint brushes after having sat in a cup of water, mixed and muddled giving those dark and earthy hues with rich navy blues and the necessary tonal grey buffer that knits this easy flow, warm and too cool collection together.

Words: Chaunielle Brown

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Photography: Robert Perea

That rhythm blues all intensive, 60s inspired harlem renaissance. David Hart set a bespoken decisive tone, introducing the musical notes that had you clinging to motown make moments. A lively presentation charmed with models as musicians playing the alluring saxophone and flute to draw you in and entice. Suits and separates, rich tones and carefree neutrals, mixed with chartered blues, no ordinary plaids and striped simplicity…All marking a confident and ever-so stylistic statement

Words: Chaunielle Brown

 

FAULT Highlights – Tbilisi Fashion Week SS16

Tbilisi Fashion Week and its founder, former model Tako Chkheidze, aim to show the world that Georgian fashion has a global appeal. And just as Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia has been announced as the new creative director at Balenciaga, we travelled to Georgia for the 12th season of Tbilisi Fashion Week to report from key shows and presentations from Georgia’s latest design talents.

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George Keburia presented a super cool, boyish 70s collection mixed with a 90s disco vibe. Boxy shapes, flared denims, organza coats and oversized solar system accessories dominated. Wearable and head turning, the collection delivered collectively cool separates, ideal for the nonstop city movement and day to night transitioning.

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Frida Kahlo’s art and personal style sprang to life in the SS16 performance of Georgian photographer and now designer Irma Sharikadze. The performance took place in Gardenia Sheevardnadze, a beautiful private garden just outside of Tbilisi. Sharikadze sent out a small range of colourful dresses and co-ords with tiered ruffles and exaggerated silhouettes, crown of braids, and Frida’s signature red lip that lent the models’ distinctive look.

Lako Bukia

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The highlight of TFW, and not a newbie to the international fashion scene, was the perfectly curated catwalk show from Georgian-born designer Lako Bukia. The inspiration for this magical collection came from the ‘Anbernika Stickers’, a series of mixed-media acrylic paintings by the Georgian artist Nika Sakhanberidze. Printed maxi dresses, two pieces and bold-coloured raincoats dominate this season in Lako’s signature style. Art-inspired, super sophisticated and just a little bit dreamy, this was certainly her most captivating collection to date.

Materiel/Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili

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Welcome to the world of Materiel, where clear-cut lines and minimalism dominate. Models at the Materiel show strutted down the catwalk in shades of grey, nude leathers and monochrome two pieces.

This show definitely showed why Aleksandre deserved to be the winner of Tbilisi Fashion Week Newcomers and one of the winners of the Be Next Fashion Designer contest.

Words: Lilith Bussfeld

FAULT MAGAZINE BACKSTAGE AT LFW – TOGA SS16

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FAULT MAGAZINE BACKSTAGE AT LFW – HOLLY FULTON SS16

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FAULT MAGAZINE BACKSTAGE AT LFW – SIBLING SS16

 

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FAULT Magazine Backstage @ Flesh Shao Yen AW15

 

 

 

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Daniele Fummo

FAULT Magazine Backstage @ Mariana Jungmann AW15

 

 

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Photographed exclusively for FAULT Magazine by Jean-Luc Brouard