Being young in the ’90s is certainly something that influenced Paris-based, Brazilian designer Francisco Terra’s creative, urban universe. For his second collection, Francisco’s label Neith Nyer takes inspiration from Gypsy caravans of the outskirts of Paris. At the same time, a fresh statement is issued, that, in light of the contemporary denigration of the very notion, comes across as radical. “I want to push the boundaries of my girls’ looks”.
Neith Nyer awakens geek gentrified tribalism. Francsico’s models are girls from the same tribe (with jewelled braces and waxed hair being the group codes); the street element of the collection exudes the DNA of an urban gang, with baggy trousers and oversized jumpsuits. The thick angora wool, hand embroideries, partnered with micro dresses and long coats, seem to emulate a monster’s anatomy. Created in partnership with artist Brad McGinty, the collection echoes the influence of Generation X and John Hughes-esque cinema. Film names are used to embellish t-shirts and accessories: while Japanese styled Randoseru backpacks, and oversized fur clutches, paired with Sailor Moon head jewellery and white mid-heel ballerinas reinvent timeless pieces.
A visionary spirit, Francisco Terra explains that “I tried to draw lines between this and that in the collection, and build a sketch of what it was like to be in my own skin” during adolescence. Likewise, the collection attempts to celebrate the spectacular colour blocking work of Richard Lindner, turning patterns into twisted monster guts, dropping off from the neckline until fading away on black or blue cotton velvet.
There are strong artistic elements present throughout the collection. The way the clothes are matched is the result of a fervent desire to energise them. “Today, what I want is my girls to be ready to kick ass and rule!”
This editorial showcasing the NEITH NYER 2015 collection has been produced by
Creative Direction / Francisco Terra
Photography / Michael Willian
Styling / Jeff Ferrari
Fashion Production / Caroline Costa
Hair & Make Up / Mel Freese
Model / Elle Ribeiro
All clothing / Neith Nyer
All Jewellery / Isa Lepuil for Neith Nyer