“Inspired by the armour of insects combined with soft obscurity of a forest by nightfall”, Zyanya Keizer is the dark knight behind the collection entitled, “Ocultos Entre El Bosque” or translated as “hidden in the woods.”
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Born in Mexico City, the 26 year-old studied at the Fashion Academy in Antwerp. Although she did not gradaute, she finished the collection independently. She presented her first collection during Amsterdam International Fashion Week in January this year. Based on the surrealistic combination of nature and man-made environments, taking inspiration from American artist, Roxy Paine, for his interpretation on human attempts to control the natural creative processes of life, and Mike Libby, another American artist, whose use of insects and technological components to explore the contravention of nature and technology; the young avant garde designer has created a fairytale of dark mysterious but alluring craftsmanship of unconventional yet highly detailed sculptures, in the form of beautiful garments emphasising the human figure, to express her view of reality and fantastical futuristic forest.
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The young designer delves into the idea of what cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can be sensed by way of intensive detail of iron balls, sequins and carefully hand-stitched patterns, intertwined with leather and sheer textures to assemble inflexibility to exaggerated predictions of allusions to a somewhat unpredictable conclusion that beauty can conquer turmoil and disaster.
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In the league of Iris Van Herpen, her designs are considered 'works of art'. An impressive expression of structural and architectural quality and her use of using diverse fabrics and materials screams an inviting imagination of a functional ready-to-wear collection.