Young Filipino fashion designer Ellis Co unveils the “Memoirs of the Future” collection
Manila’s stylish crop witnessed the exclusive runway presentation, marking the launch of the high fashion streetwear brand Archives
The future meets the present as 21-year-old Ellis Co presented its debut collection with the idea of déjà vu in mind. Dubbed “Memories of the Future,” the fall 2022 collection marked the arrival of her haute couture streetwear brand Archives.
“I chose the Archives brand name because the clothes I design are timeless and enduring pieces, and in themselves a collection of historical documents,” said Ellis, the brand’s founder and design director. “I see these pieces as remnants of me as a designer for years to come, and years after I’m gone.”
Described as a presentation of fashion beyond the traditional show, the “Memory of the Future” show was truly a multi-sensory experience imagined by the young designer. To make this journey through fashion time possible, he worked with director Frank Mamaril to bring his vision to life. On July 27, 2022, Whitespace Manila in Makati City was transformed into a portal where guests got a glimpse into the future of fashion through Ellis’ designs, with the help of Archives’ Creative Director, Reika Mayani.
Eco-brutalism, modernity and the aesthetics of Japanese fashion are among the guiding themes of the collection. These were echoed in the many elements of the event, starting with the food. Featuring the culinary works of Chef Margarita Fores, Manila’s trendiest crowd was treated to a modern gastronomic journey as the first part of the Archives experience. Upon entering the performance hall, guests were instantly transported to the future. Like a scene from a dystopian film, the space was an arena where gray angular structures were complemented by lush greens, providing the perfect backdrop for Ellis’ designs.
Opening the show, the musicians of the Manila String Machine created the atmosphere by performing The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2, “Summer” III by Vivaldi. Presto. The performance of the string musician did not stop there. Throughout the show, they played melodies accompanying the contemporary rhythms of the music produced by Ellis, another nod to the theme of the future that meets now.
As the fog began to lift, models paraded around wearing Ellis’ designs. “Memoirs of the Future” featured a total of 44 looks, divided into segments for the show. It all started with a runway show of black, giving a first glimpse of the designer’s take on unconventional proportions. Outerwear has been reinvented into oversized pieces with long waistbands and curved lapels, the designer’s signature touch. Breaking up the gloomy and dark display was a white suit with a ruffled hat that was so dramatic it took everyone’s breath away. Then there was Ellis’ play on neutrals and fall attire. Classic pairings like the black dress with a trench coat and puffer jackets and cargo pants got a new look with his exploration of structure and silhouettes. The end of the show was a big display of her gray designs, making it a real fashion show for today’s cool kids.
“When I design, I’m very focused on the silhouette, how the shape looks, how the piece falls on the body, especially, the minor details,” Ellis said. “Basically, I’m trying to do something that hasn’t been done yet but is still familiar. I try to find familiarity in the unknown.
Besides Ellis’ inspiration, what made this collection unique was his addition of boxing gloves and headwear to certain pieces. This is another personal hallmark of the designer because before becoming an architect, music producer and self-taught designer, he also had a background in boxing.
Another recurring theme in the series is androgyny. Besides the clothes, a sense of gender neutrality was also present in the models’ makeup. To achieve this, Ellis worked with makeup artist Gery Penaso. Much like future humans emerging from hibernation pods, both female and male models sported an elevated bedhead look – burgundy eyes, bleached eyebrows and raw, unpolished hair with metal-tipped nails completing the vibe. general.
“The collection is very detailed. I want to make sure we apply it to beauty looks as well,” Gery said. “It’s very rare on the catwalks to have your nails done too. When they all go down the track, they look very cohesive”
Electrifying performances by musical artists Trizzy and MDMA closed the fashion presentation on a high note.
“There are quality standards, but when it comes to creativity, fashion is a medium,” Ellis said. “Anything you create through fabric is your own original design. It’s like music and painting, but your tool is fabric. Fashion is an art form.
To stay up to date on “Memories of the Future”, visit the Archives’ official Instagram page @archives.galerie.
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