Architectural framework seen through a sartorial lens — Muktar Onifade focused on the building blocks of garment construction in his Spring/Summer 2017 collection for VIZUVL GVDS. Using 3-D embossed stitching techniques, outerwear was given a discrete sense of form and structure while simultaneously expressing a deconstructionist point of view. By emphasizing the skeletal foundations that establish a garment, there is a greater appreciation for the final result.
The denim and heavy-weight woven coat were both contenders for collection stand-outs. On one was a clear proclamation of the brand’s core values, “THERES A GVD IN YOU.” Not necessarily a religious sentiment, it instead was intended as a rallying call for young African creatives, reminding them of their potential to create and produce art — a GVD-like ability in giving form to their thoughts and experiences where there was none before. The latter was equally as striking, but for a different reason: its irregular pattern mimicking static noise. Designed without closure and with a standing collar, the shape was sleek and streamlined, a perfectly articulated balance of composition.
The spaces of the collection were filled in with mandarin collar shirting, raw canvas jackets and sleeveless outerwear that incorporated the ruffled trimmings and curvilinear motifs from the previous AW16 collection. Onifade and VIZUVL GVDS by extension, continue to progress in both breadth and depth as testified by their SS17 season.