I’ve finally got my third designer to add to the likes of Palmer // Harding (white shirts) and Lahssan (cool trench coats) and they hail all the way from Taipei, Taiwan. Fabitoria are a young duo of girls, Fabiana and Victoria (see what they did there?) who have decided to start their label by specialising in digitally printed skirts.
Alright, it might be difficult to muster up enthusiasm about the rampant beast that is the digital print. However Fabitoria have come up with the unexpected in their print compositions. Strangely they coincide with an interesting chat I had with Jay of Haute Pop about the establishment of the New Aesthetic, a so-called machinic way of seeing things, using imagery produced by technology (from 3D-scanners to Google Streetview) for aesthetic reasons.
Fabitoria’s skirts don’t quite fit the mould but their prints definitely are born from our Google Image/Tumblr culture and they’ve taken it to a surreal extreme. Rose petals float on top of a busy highway road. Giraffes pop up in the waves of a beach. Elizabeth I is seen wearing hot pink sunglasses. These are just some of the weird scenarios that Fabitoria have imagined for their skirts. More conventional print runs include enlarged botanical drawings (a la Stella McCartney) and undersea scenes (a la Peter Pilotto).
I’ll let the designer nods slide though when you look at the collection of prints as a whole. I especially like that consideration has been given to both back and front with print placement carefully worked out on the two patchpockets, which means that the skirt can be worn either way round. The hard thing will be to pick a favourite as according to their Facebook page, they’re all priced at around GBP100 each. Ah the joys of converting strange currencies and finding out it costs a lot less than the starting figure.
In case you’re wondering what is that strange but enticing top that’s featured in the lookbook imagery above, I believe it’s from Victoria’s student work she did at Shih Chein university in Taipei. The skirt in particular with its stitched lines of columns leading into the interior of a room on pristine white neoprene is particularly interesting. Digitally printed skirts may not be the only thing on Fabitoria’s agenda if they get a little ambitious…
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