Redemption’s Fall 2019 RTW is Ready to Rock Fashion

Redemption’s Fall 2019 RTW is Ready to Rock Fashion

Teetering between glamour and grunge, the show highlights a new label-wide dedication to cruelty-free fabrics.

Teetering between glamour and grunge, the show highlights a new label-wide dedication to cruelty-free fabrics.

Text: Julian Wright

Megadeth’s “Peace Sells” plays over the loud speakers to usher in the start of Redemption’s Fall 2019 RTW show. A plucky bass line and hammering kick drum smash through silence to set pace and welcome the models into their territory. Donned in a sheer, ruffled collar undershirt, bowed satin harem pants and a metallically-ornamented black suit jacket, the opening ensemble establishes a tone consistent throughout show: these looks are meant to rock the system.

Lead designer Gabriele “Bebe” Moratti actually cites rock-‘n’-roll icons and heavy metal as some of the collection’s sources of inspiration, “the ones who also go to protests, strong individuals but with a conscience.” This sentiment mirrors the show in more ways than meet the eye. Model after model appear in leather, channeling their inner badass and touting their apparel with the knowledge that the supposed animal skin on their bodies is in fact vegan. The fashion label has made moves to fully transition to cruelty-free fabrics, including the incorporation of a plastic substitute for leather in this show. Hoping to switch to a recycled plastic or mycelium-based fabric for the future, Moratti evangelizes, “I really don’t think sexy eveningwear and sustainability are mutually exclusive.” This show is just the beginning of his proof.

The pieces are bold. Prints are a major motif: red plaid overcoats accent black and white numbers, a belted zebra kimono shines and a leopard-spotted cape drapes over a metallic top. Despite its graphic grit, the show is balanced by sleek glamour and glitz. Redemption offers many options for shine with pants pinstriped in sequins, gemmed chokers and a glittering black evening gown. Geometric patterns, exaggerated shoulders, and plumed tulle skirts take space and grab attention, surely letting their wearers leave their mark on the world around them. Blazers and vegan leather biker jackets filter through the catwalk, complemented by short dresses and bedazzled blouses that equip women with the power to command any room.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine breaks through the garish guitar and glamor filling the space, “If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line.” Redemption used its Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear line to show that it’s not afraid to lead fashion into a new era – one that’s ready for change.

Credits: Photos Courtesy of KCD Worldwide

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