For FW17 Esteban Cortazar presents an experimental instinctive collection informed by a revisionist approach to his brand codes and the way they are nuanced by the world around him.
As conscious as it is subconscious – the process seeks to grow the seeds of innovation and artifice nascent in recycling – A migration of ideas and cultures are woven into the very fabric and pattern of the garments – which revisit archive places and reissue them mis-drained, refitted and reimagined.
The collection’s signature vocabulary of satin neoprene hems butter leathers and a new venture into hypercolour and print is approached with this sense of adapting and elevating the ‘lost and found’. A cyber-landscape from Esteban’s Instagram forms a digital quilt, which plays alongside tartans, jacquards and foulards that nod to his Anglo-French heritage. These are infused with love of Mike Kelly’s teddybear sculptures and inspiration from his childhood mentor: Todd Oldham.
In a world increasingly jittered by fear the Esteban Cortazar woman is a ‘gitana punk’ cross-cultured and schooled in love and wonder.