Namilia is Giving The Vagina a Platform [NYFW]
Namilia’s S/S 2018 presentation. Where to begin? Firstly, designers Nan Li and Emlia Pfohl were inspired by Denis Dierdot’s The Indiscreet Jewels, a novel from 1748 that tells the story of a sultan who consults a fucking genie to give him a magic ring that, when touched or pointed at his mistress’ vagina (not joking), it will confess (yes, speak audibly) all of her past sexual encounters. Set to an insanely beautiful, orchestrated version of Disney’s signature When You Wish Upon a Star, Namilia took center stage at NYFW in full bloom with a show that combined Rococo-inspired harlot with the modern feminist cry “My Pussy, My Choice” with the outdated, oppressive standards of a Disney princess we have implemented on ideals like happiness and beauty. A lot to take in? Yes. Directly pointed and inspiring AF? Absolutely.
The first model, wearing an ensemble with full vagina sleeves, slowly entered the space, stopping a third of the way down the runway to flirtatiously pose for both sides of the audience, taking her time to flaunt the obvious architecture of what she was wearing. As the show progressed, models who came after followed suit, each becoming more and more revealing and walking to an overarching track remixing audibly with “I can get dick anytime I want” (as if the theme wasn’t already obvious enough). A magical element was then further incorporated midway through the show, when one model entered with a giant squid wrapped around her back and the others with dorsal fins and tails. The show came into full fruition as the final model (and climax of the show) entered in wearing a couture wall of vaginas that spanned the entire width of the runway. What other brand or designer do you know that has had an entire wall of vaginas walk down the runway? No one. These designs can only be considered and celebrated as pieces of couture, which on this stage felt refreshing and incredibly inspiring. It actually feels woke.
So what is really being said here? Namilia, known by previous presentations for using their brand to encourage progressive political and social conversations regarding oppression and stigmas against communities, is indeed giving the vagina a platform, and, because of that, giving the audience something deeper (pun not intended) to consume and ponder. Namilia showed up to fashion week to say something. Is it feminist? Is it vulgar? Is it too much for the people who showed up to see pretty clothes? That’s for you to decide. They are using their platform and are fearlessly bending the realms and rules of fashion and performance art. They are inspired and committed to using their art and voices to engage NYFW in something bigger than themselves. This is what fashion week in Trump’s America looks like. Get into it.
Images via Vogue
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