To Know You: Jarel Zhang SS24
Jarel Zhang inspires his audience with a brand new Spring/Summer 2024 collection entitled “To Know You.” Inspired by “the Very Pulse of the Machine” in the movie Love, Death, Robots, Zhang combined edgy goth styles with baggy silhouettes. “The collection comes to disrupt the conventional categorization of fashion genders by blending and re-configuring their distinct characteristics, giving a state of a mutual enhancement.”
Diverse Minds Think Alike
As stated in Zhang’s press release, “Through this collection, JAREL ZHANG is inspired by different [moments] and dialogue from the movie. The link between the human and the machine, the symbol of thus ‘eternal life’ and ‘symbiosis.’ The feeling between the human and machine is questioned here as the designer [quotes] this moment (when Kivelson asks I.O.), ‘if you are a machine, what is your purpose, your original intent?’ to which I.O. responds, ‘To know you.’ The actor then jumps into a lava lake to merge and become one with I.O. Jarel Zhang is also questioning the “understanding”. The designer says that the feeling of understanding is sudden and exhilarating as if the body is returning to its original source like electricity flowing through your heart. The concept of the SS24 presentation is to have 16 talented artists from across the world to capture their insights and interpretation of this collection. The goal is to have different perceptions from diverse creative minds and seize their thoughts and multiple feelings for this collection to exhibit it throughout the presentation.”
Each piece is effortlessly punk with meta vibes—watching the show felt like an episode of Black Mirror in the best way possible. The strict, muted color palette allowed the designer to play with patchwork patterns and contrasting materials. This collection screams elevated streetwear.
Featured Photo: Charles Abbatucci @captcharly