A Vote of Self Confidence from THISNORTHAT

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This season THISNORTHAT presented their debut collection at Fashion Scout. THISNORTHAT aren’t concerned about labels, they aim to make adults act like children again and are interested in countering social issues with fun solutions. Their motto is “we stand by our design as our identity, not our label”.

THISNORTHAT’s philosophy is that they are building their own aesthetic without following the latest trends in fashion, but their own instincts.

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The SS20 collection was full of positivity, bright colours, structured silhouettes and cuts. Purple and orange, pink and lavender, bright green and indigo, blue and pink are just a few of the colour combinations seen on the catwalk.

Through this collection the designers have shown how combining the practical and imaginative can create a desirable product. This season THISNORTHAT encourages living your life to the fullest for yourself and no one else. They are inspired by the individual’s desire to succeed, to get over isolation and what other people think. The collection is a celebration of what is important in life, being happy with yourself, regardless of what social norms dictate.

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The designers behind the brand, Lin Yubo and Chen Lizhen, met at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, and 15 years after graduation they established the THISNORTHAT brand. From having similar tastes to becoming like-minded partners, together they are exploring clothing contradictions and ways of bringing them to life.

Li Chen focuses on pattern making, whilst Yubo creates balanced contrasts and exaggerated silhouettes. Li is inspired by the functionality of clothes, whilst Yubo uses colour to break the norms of design. Each season the designers work on a series of prints to which they add their THISNORTHAT’S signature.

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Written by Calina Muresan

Photography by Olivia Ferrara Forbes and Deborah Smith

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