Body Language: Namilia text by Valerie McPhail

It would be superficial to define Namilia as a liberal label because of it’s Berlin roots. Although truth be told, the brand’s latest collection shown during New York Fashion Week was a sign of the New York times. Where body politics is exercised freely for political and social intent, Namilia employs an artistic expression intended to stimulate conversations about sex. Gowns projecting enlarged breasts on the feminine chest, cut out leotards accentuating parts of the female body on a runway orchestrated by statements of a young female defending sexual autonomy over the sound of a Disney score.

Among the deep v-necks and bondage straps that exposed skin, looks from the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection became theatrical when a vagina was constructed from the lapels and chest of a tuxedo blazer. The female genitalia was an icon of the collection: created from a dress sleeve, sown on dresses and skirts.

In a climate where feminism is fought in different ways , Namilia’s collection experiments with new creations of fashion. Sexualized garments purposed to demolish illicit mindsets on sex in culture, Emilia Pfohl and Nan Li are found in this conversation.

Valerie McPhail

Valerie McPhail is a New York-based writer on things of style and artistic expression. She has a portfolio of writing for both fashion and art publications. Although she enjoys covering fashion news and supporting new designers, her favorite subject to explore is the experience of fashion and how life is communicated through clothing. She believes there is a lot to be said about this.

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