Complex, dramatic, and provocative: These three words describe Reynier Abello’s work as he debuted his collection, Garden of Earthly Delights, at the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 2018. Ever the avant garde visionary, Reynier marries social thought and expression with cutting-edge silhouettes.
For his latest set of runway looks, the designer showcased an aesthetic dipping its toes in classicism, with his designs veering into the corruption and fanaticism that riddle religion and cults. For Reynier, his designs are more than mere self-expression, provoking thought and eliciting reaction.
Below, Reynier tells us more about his designs and creative process.
How would you describe your design aesthetic and philosophy?
"My design aesthetic is a reductionist approach of usually elaborate inspirations. I'm a very cerebral kind of designer. I like to think deeply and usually dilute myself into a certain idea to be able to create a design. Every garment or look that I construct has a subtle and understated voice of either socio-political, opinion on a certain issue or personal expression. I like creating garments that people can build there wardrobe from."
Do you have a signature design or key element evident through your collections?
"The impeccable tailoring and structured jackets are always present in almost all of my collections."
Where do you usually draw inspiration from? How about for this specific collection?
"I usually draw my inspirations majorly from pop culture, history, current events, and the movement of the fashion market.
"This collection is called Garden of Earthly Delights. For Spring/Summer 2019, the collection of Armada by Abello gets inspiration from the corruption inside pragmatic institutions like religion and cults. The opposing forces of religious observance and moral decomposition within such communities was a fascinating take-off point for a collection that hinges towards strict tailoring while also veering towards deconstruction. It is within this interesting tension that allows the pieces to elevate itself from being plain and generic, and also guiding the direction into a realm of classicism with a tinge perversity."
Where can we buy your pieces?
"Our clothes can purchased from Ministry of Silk, Vientiane, Laos and Maison De Armada, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For customers outside Laos and Cambodia, they can order from our representative Arise Agency, Phnom Penh through their website and we get them delivered."