Taking us on a trip back in time to his high school years, Ricardo Andrez showcased his collection titled “Joy & Tears” during the third day of ModaLisboa. While models were getting their hair and makeup done, ZOOT met the designer backstage where he shared a little bit of the creative process behind the pieces.
Exploring the duality of feminine and masculine, Ricardo presented a casual wear collection in which classic pieces were deconstructed and distorted in unique ways. Button-down shirts and dresses were reinterpreted as if they were hung around the model’s neck, while denim-like jackets with shredded ends were further ripped or unzipped, displaying the models’ naked torsos or making a jacket almost sleeveless.
Long dresses and skirts in denim and flowy, colorful fabrics made using batique technique brought an urban twist to the romantic shapes, adorned with metallic details and paired with black high heel boots. “Another couple of silhouettes I explored were skirts and bodices as if it was prom for the girl and that was the starting point”, explained Ricardo.
Light printed fabrics contrasted with the rigidity of the jeans throughout the entire collection. While part of the collection was made out of deadstock fabrics, the designer explained that sustainability wasn’t necessarily the primary aim, but it was “something I embraced and… I’ve been doing it since 2018”.
Ricardo’s collection teased apart bygone classics and reimagined them into something new. Showcasing looks that are full of attitude and blend styles in a unique way, the designer created sophisticated pieces with a youthful essence.
View the complete collection here at ModaLisboa.