At Ozone Showroom, I once again had the chance to visit with Reza Nadimi and see his latest work. I always love speaking with Reza as I always learn things about a part of the world with which I have had little exposure. Reza Nadimi is an emerging designer from Iran with training in fashion from Tehran and Paris. One of Reza's strengths is to take inspiration from current events and the state of the world and turn them into art.
This latest collection, called Schizophrenia, is a follow up from his Spring Summer 2017 collection where he shined a spotlight on immigrants and the global refugee crisis. Schizophrenia current madness of the world. Reza states "It is safe to say the world has gone crazy. Delusion and illusion have trumped reality and rational. Chaos where there once was simplicity, greed where there was once modesty. The voices are getting louder and we are not sure where they are coming from and we are disconcerted about what they are saying. What should make sense does not and what contradicts us prevails." Having just seen a notification on my phone about an attack in Sweden and the one down the road in London just a couple of weeks ago, I could not agree more.
From a stylistic perspective, there is so much packed into this collection. There is a mix of traditional-style garments from around the world with updated, almost futuristic details. It is overall a quite dark collection, with black playing the key role, with some earthly tones thrown in. The chaos is bourn out through the asymmetric cuts and genderless garments. Some of the prints in this collection are a little less traditional than in Reza's previous work.