It was in the days right prior to the commencement of New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 season that we sat in an audience and for the first time saw and listened to clothing designer Mara Hoffman speak. We believe all things happen for a reason and that moments connect us. Sitting there, we had the opportunity to glimpsed into the inner soul of Mara Hoffman through her words and learned about her light-spirited mindset. A complete captivation and assertion to the aura of her collections--it all materialized!
This New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 season, designer Mara Hoffman looked into the essence of two characters for inspiration; Europe's wild men and Luke Skywalker from the famed movie Star Wars. Per our personal eye, Mara Hoffman tends to always takes us by the roots with a deeper meaning. So, after a bit of pondering and reflection[some walking back and forth] on what exactly these two characters had in common, it dawn on us---the natural disposition of the self. We might me wrong, but this is the exhilarating thing about creative people, their messages and how they are perceived by others. To us we translated the collection's underlying message as a reminder of how the human starts--innocent and without preconceived ideas or notions. It reminded us of a quote by Nelson Mandela, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Now, if we could only wear words as easily as we wear clothing. It also brought to the question, at what time in our lives do we become complicated?
If you are familiar with Luke Skywalker's wardrobe, you will see the aesthetic of it in the hue theme of the collection as well as scenic hues in blue and sun orange. The Europe's wild men, an annual European rural Winter festival where people embrace the spirit of bears, other animals and creatures though the wearing of costumes detracted our mind to the life of Petrus Gonsalvus who lived in the 1500's--his entire body[including face] was covered in hair due to health condition called Ambras Syndrome[of course no one at that time knew that, he was treated like a wild man]. Although he was taken in by the King of France, groomed and educated, he lived his life imprisoned by spectacle. His children, the ones born with the same syndrome, were separated and traded as gifts to live a life of spectacle as well--a collision example of our primal desires, our intelligence, human nature of compassion and its life long journey from the natural disposition of the self, our heroine act of holding on to its unconditioned nature and to what we become at the end of it.
Photos courtesy of Mara Hoffman
Written by Mariana