The Berlin based duo of Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl (Nan + Emilia = Namilia) went right to work with their FW17 presentation which seemed to produce its models from a motorcycle repair shop located backstage.
From the beginning I could tell that they were knee deep in body work as colorful smears of makeup resembling grease stains covered the bodies of each model. Oversized biker jackets, checkered motocross designs and leather combat boots reassured me that every woman knew their role and was in control. Erect male genitalia covering many of the pieces worn by an all female cast showed that not only were they hard at work but they had a message for their male counterpart: anything you can do I can do better. The message of nonconformance to social political norms was conspicuous, no longer can society dictate what a man and woman should ride in.
Namilia's show also signaled that this wasn’t just a fashion runway , but used the platform to convey the message that true repairs are needed in our country. Slogans such as “Resist” and “Trumpocalypse” glittering across some of the pieces was an indication of that. The message was clear this collection was made for the empowered. Designer's Li and Pfohl accomplished this by clashing streetwear and motocross with drama and couture. It was made for the Untouchable, Unflushable, and Uncrushable.
Photos courtesy of People's Revolution