For designer Ronald van der Kemp these challenging times have not quelled his creativity or his commitment to sustainability. For the fall/winter 2020 “wardrobe” – the designer’s preferred term used to suggest timelessness rather than overproduction and over-consumption, van der Kemp found inspiration in the ruffled, polka-dotted, layers on layers, punk-modern designs of the 1980s. His sculptural creations are magnificently decadent collages of Lacroix, YSL, Blass, Ungaro, Valentino, Kawakubo, Galliano, and Westwood vibes transformed into a kaleidoscope of gender-neutral couture. Most interestingly van der Kemp reused and repurposed pieces from previous collections to create the 28 diverse yet statement-making pieces in this collection.
With high drama that ranges from high-glamour to Bowie glam, Laura Ashley to bad-girl biker and deconstructed to column dress perfection the designer’s greatest message was to create without pause or constraints. For this collection, the remarkable craftsmanship, brilliantly-fine yet brazen make-up, 8 stylistically unique short films affirm the designer’s transformative powers while enlivening our imagination, gloss, boldness, sparkle and our admiration for the power of creativity. Ronald van der Kemp.