John Herrera’s surreal Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, Agila, fuses outstandingly crafted shapes with innovative and unconventional patterns to form a selection of pieces bursting with self-expression.

Interweaving his vibrant Filipino heritage with contemporary craftsmanship, Herrera’s presentation is inspired by tribal art and tattoos from Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. Elaborate Philippines eagle motifs, printed using dye-sublimation technology, undoubtedly depict the free spirited essence of the collection. Elegantly voluminous robes with forked trains, skin hugging dresses with accentuated forked necklines, and winged black eyeliner all contributed flawlessly to the unique aesthetic influenced by the national bird.

Despite a limited brown and white palette, the pieces are daring and unconventional, showcasing bold silhouettes. Set on a backdrop of eclectic Filipino tribal music Herrera’s pieces balance heavily structured shoulders, rigid V shaped necklines, and prominent peplums, with traditional culture and vision.

Continuing to channel the tribal ethos of the collection, Herrera applies intricate beading to the outlines of robes and necklines to focus on the extravagant shaping of the pieces. Headbands, earrings and necklaces also embrace this distinctive trend with stones, beads and feathers adorning the model’s heads.

Words by Laura Cawdron 

Photography by Nicholas Kristiansen