Local designer Chris Nick's Rapture takes us back to the golden days of Studio 54, the iconic and now-defunct '70s nightclub. "I've always been so amazed and captivated by everything about it—the glamour and debauchery that happened within its walls," he tells Preview. In his collection, he relives its energy sans the controversy.
Boasting of floor-grazing dresses and shoulder-padded blazers with high slits and deep necklines, his collection mixes disco elegance with the daring sensibilities of the 2010s. Every look dangerously toes the line between modest and overdressed, which is exactly the kind of party dressing risk we're willing to take. Needless to say, Rapture urges us to inject more glam into the way we dress even when we just want to dance the night away. After all, if they had a blast in these outfits back in the '70s, what's stopping us from doing so now?
Below, we speak to the designer about the collection and more:
How would you describe your aesthetic and design philosophy?
"I’d have to say elegant, sexy and classic — I tend to create and design pieces I would wear and how I would like to see men and women dress. I like to think of it as an extension of my closet — and an ideal wardrobe for a woman."
Do you have a signature design or key element?
"I guess you could say I have a certain silhouette—a certain look and a certain vibe. Not to mention, lots of black, of course."
Where do you usually draw inspiration from? How about for this collection?
"Old Hollywood and '70s glamour. Two eras with a very big impact in both my creative process and my heart. My inspiration was the iconic Studio 54—the music, the sex, the lifestyle and the glamour that defined an era."
Can you walk us through your creative process? As you designed your PMFF collection?
"Well for this collection called Rapture, I took inspiration from Studio 54. I've always been so amazed and captivated by everything about it—the glamour and debauchery that happened within its walls. So fun! I wanted to sort of recreate how it would be like in this time with of course a Chris Nick twist. "
Where can we buy your pieces?
"I'll be having a website and a store up very soon. So stay tuned!"
Produced by Yanna Lopez and Steph Sison
Photographed by Karlo Torio