If you’re wondering, Rafal Swiader expressed this collection on purpose. You’ll see hopeful, romantic charm tainted by modern day civilization for his structured, spring 2018 collection. Bold cuts and even bolder textiles, frames contemporary city life with themes of architecture. It personifies an atmosphere of city skylines, a concrete jungle of construction, pollution and even tar through the formation of gray tones with heavier fabric. We see the ugly side of city life; paint spills, pot holes and even an element of a mundane life. The unique composition of his collection is the romance and longing seen in his more fluid pieces. The muted materials used in conjunction with his rigid, paper-like fabric, show human nature, our need to stay busy and mechanical, secretly desiring to be set free.
Rafal is known for his utilitarian style and he certainly hasn’t confiscated his signature description from his previous collections. His Spring 2018 concept slings us into the sadness seen behind his collection in his adaptation of people we see in our day to day lives. With his flirty mix of a wandering soul and stubborn nature, his design is of a man who seeks to find himself and his identity in the world. The light of the collection is the transit of brighter color through structured cuts, which gives us hope of a more harmonized and happy ending. Swiader’s collections are for everyone. Each piece signifies someone, or even a characteristic about somebody. His work is just emblematic and peculiar, immensely familiar.