The models hit the runway as if going to war in Dans la Vie’s latest collection titled “Invisible Enemy, threat found”. Snake-skin prints and leathers with designer Rira Sugawara’s signature collage prints were the focus of the collection. With full body suits obscuring the face, leaving just the eyes, the silhouette is was stark, yet paradoxically feminine.

Inspired by the hard experience of a cyber-attack, the collection uses belts and exposed zips to create an industrial aesthetic in keeping with the designer’s unique print. Thigh high latex stockings remind the audience that the Dans La Vie girl means business.

Doubled peplum dresses, mini dresses and heavy duty jackets create a juxtaposition between the hard and the soft in a collection that plays with femininity and challenges the attitude of fashion. Looks that show off the glamour and beauty that can be found within this dark theme, can be seen in the stunning backless dress that shines perfectly under the bright lights of the runway.

This season marks Rira Sugawara and her label Dans La Vie’s fourth catwalk showcase in London, with the label already receiving high acclaim across Europe. After studying History of Art at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan Rira gained experience working as a print designer at a French Atelier of which shines through in the talent throughout this collection.

Text by Vanessa Omoregie (@wewearblack)
Images by Hannah Wilson (@xHannahWilsonx)

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