Dhruv Kapoor Spring Summer 2022 at Milan Fashion Week Men’s

“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Cultures and human beings can’t exist without moments of transition, and those brief and important spaces where we live through the in-between. Such transitions mark us, they stamp our personality.

The “in-between” are liminal spaces, where social hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, continuity of tradition may become uncertain and future outcomes, once taken for granted may be thrown into doubt. The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, a malleable situation that enables new institutions and customs to become established.

Spring Summer’22 explores these thin places, moments of transition and the outcome. In these “thin places”, the folklore goes, the distinctions between real & unreal, worldly and otherworldly fall away- as the line between them wears thin and becomes porous.

“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.” William Blake

Clouds induce a dream-like state, like swans of the celestial sphere in the mid-region. These messengers of hope & love are converted to hand drawn prints, engineered onto large shirts with ruched pockets and intricately hand embroidered by skilled artisans retaining their ethereal and divine quality.

The collection incorporates a wide variety of textiles, half of which are repurposed from previous seasons. From oversized cotton shirts with ruched sack pockets to silk co-ord sets and engineered nylon to industrial looking denim, bringing a mix of padded bombers with 3-D pockets, paper thin windcheaters and wide-leg jeans with slits at the knee.

From a rave totem to an emoji, the smiley gains dominance and remains an effervescent symbol for good times and happy revolution, hand embroidered by skilled craftsmen along with arches that are symbolic of strength and support and work as thresholds into liminal spaces converted to engineered prints for boxy shirts reworked from a traditional kimono.

The collection is packed with detachable 3-D pockets, acting as containers of wisdom through periods of transition and DIY details adding versatility to the pieces, stamped with the initials of the brand from the Sanskrit script.

Spring Summer’22 introduces eclectic costume jewelry, hand-made using a mix of material, partially discarded by surrounding factories, incorporating oversized charms in a mix of materials and knotted colorful yarns, completely customizable.

The season puts forth a hopeful approach, mixing elements from the past and the future, worldly and otherworldly- through engineered prints, embellishment and a soft structure.

All images courtesy of Dhruv Kapoor

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