When inspiration strikes Kaye Morales, it definitely translates in a sartorially articulate manner that has equal parts ingenious creativity and cohesion. Her collection, entitled Transit, represents her attempt at capturing certain moments of self-evolution—often overlooked moments—that to her, are like bright sparks that crackle and flash like lightning.
Her collection’s accompanying write-up reads: “This collection is the story of that moment in the in-betweens, where 'what was' transitions into 'what is'... this is that point of emergence where the 'now' awakens with its continuity from what had come before, but still defines itself as unique, for it exists ephemerally while hurtling in that special point in time, ever evolving.”
These existential ruminations that inspired her created a beautiful collection that gave life to those in-between moments—and it’s a spirit that is fun, upbeat, fantastical, yet still very much current. This element of the fantastical is seen in the bright hues and the use of pop art and comic art. There’s even a design that features her own superhero—Super KM! There were also plenty of oversized pieces (one of her signature looks) and buttons and zippers in blown up proportions.
On the other hand, her signature androgynous aesthetic and punk rock preferences never left the runway, as seen on Kiana Valenciano’s very grungy streetwear look: a black mesh top with a pop art print and cool chained jeans. It is this eclectic mix of the androgynous and the au courant (because hey, aren’t the '90s still a thing?) that makes this collection deliciously outrageous and covetable.
If there was one piece that embodied the whole collection well, it would have to be the all-denim ensemble. First, the use of denim was prevalent in the collection, but this outfit just represents the fabric’s clever design throughout the bodice and the bottom. There was texture in the flowy ruffles as fun wing-like sleeves on a structured button-down with pockets of different blues. Next, there’s the pop art pattern and the slogan “turn back time,” which added a tongue-in-cheek touch. Lastly, there’s the really oversized buttons, zigzag stitch, and the ball gown fit for any futuristic fashionista.
Kaye notes, “I make sure whenever I make a new collection that I can wear it and everyone can wear it and it always make a statement. All of my prints in the fabrics of this collection are all originally designed by me and the oversized bags, too.”
As a whole, the imagination of oversized everything coupled with the bright colors and unique textures, renders these pieces with an almost cartoon-like effect, which matched the pop art detailing—and it actually works as streetstyle. This is seen in the printed red pantsuit combo that almost looks like a toy soldier’s uniform and even in the unexpected use of purple faux fur as an oversized coat like a winged creature aflight. The designer may have utilized a number of techniques and fabrics but the collection successfully articulated her vision of the transitory: moments of color and excitement. We’re definitely up for such a journey!
Her pieces are available at 8862 Unit 1 Madrid Building, Sampaloc Street San Antonio Village, Makati City. You can also check out her website here. See the rest of her collection below.