fashion brand DHRUV KAPOOR presented its Spring/Summer 2023 menswear collection titled “The Seeker” at Milan Fashion Week. For this collection, the designer plays with fascinating colors, unconventional silhouettes, abstract prints and multi-layered surfaces.
We can also see unusual pairings of giant and small, old and new, maximal and minimal coming together seamlessly to define that comfort is key, but not without style. Also blending elements of couture and street style, giant tracksuits and boxy cuts with handmade embroidery by skilled artisans sitting on fantastic silhouettes.
Blurring the lines between reality and fiction to mimic contemporary society, “The Seeker” projects a parallel universe as our new reality. A space where the intangible trumps the logical and where there is no room for dominant systems. The multi-faceted collection emphasizes “the eye”, a symbol of the soul and varying states of enlightenment. Ancient scriptures borrowed from around the world and modern cartoons sit comfortably beside him. Large hand-drawn flowers mixed with Y2K stamps balance notions of past and future. Several tones injected into the collection allude to emotional well-being and help to enhance individuality. Nervousness is brought alive with masks of apotropaic demons – presented as guardians of our thresholds to protect our energy as we ascend into the astral realms. – by Dhruv Kapoor
Each fabric is created with conscious thought, using 40% recycled materials discarded by Indian textile manufacturers and recycled plastic waste. Spring’23 also introduces Dhruv Kapoor’s first line of limited-edition leather goods, made from 100% recycled leather.
Styling: Giorgia Cantarini
Shoes by Marsell
Goggles by Junk
Special thanks to the Instituto Marangoni Mudec museum and the Camera Moda Nazionale Italiana.