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Embracing Nature with BIMBA Y LOLA

By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

Bimba Y Lola hat, dress, skirt, sandals and Olympia blue flap backpack.
 
Gan Kahying
Bimba Y Lola hat, dress, skirt, sandals and Olympia blue flap backpack.

A grand return to nature is happening like never before. As cities expand in breakneck speed, greens are, inevitably, squeezed out. At a time when nature’s existence is eclipsed, the pressing need for the world to rekindle a balanced connection with it is felt, and acted upon, more than ever. Fashion, upholding its role as a mirror of the cultural zeitgeist, takes notice and reflects it. For the past few seasons, it’s evident that designers have been drawing their inspiration from the earth’s variegated landscape.

Granted, mother nature has inspired sartorial outputs for centuries, to the extent that, now, florals for spring are hardly groundbreaking — but there’s still more to explore.

Spanish-based label BIMBA Y LOLA has taken it upon itself to encourage its wearers to traverse beyond the comforts of urbanity. Founder-designer siblings Uxia and Maria Dominguez have always directed the brand through their unique quirky eye. Ever since their launch in the mid-noughts, the sisters have perpetually posited their conceptual takes on things that inspire them — from artistic movements to specific decades — translating them into diverse prints and palettes. And for Spring/Summer ’19, the label shifts its focus to the present decade.

Gan KahyingFrom left: Bimba Y Lola dress and Olympia white XXL cross-body bag.
From left: Bimba Y Lola dress and Olympia white XXL cross-body bag.
Gan KahyingBimba Y Lola dress and Olympia multicolour XXL cross-body bag.
Bimba Y Lola dress and Olympia multicolour XXL cross-body bag.

The collection zooms in on a specific relationship — one between humans and nature. Titled “#thisisSEDIMENTAL”, it extracts elements from the layers of the earth, clothing them unto the human body. Raw minerals and gemstones are translated into wearable motifs and textures. These collide in garments and accessories: a summer dress, ruched at the centre, acts as a gauzy terrazzo, smattered with slabs of colourful granite prints; to a sand-textured knit jumper in vibrant blue and a diaphanous linen dress tinted in what looks like the pink of an afternoon sunset one would see at the end of a hilly hike.

Exploration of the great outdoors, too, is explicitly suggested. An optical electric blue parka jacket is made to withstand the elements; and the collection’s line of technical bags, monikered the Olympia, is a multicoloured nudge to embrace adventure outside the concrete jungle. An extra-large cross-body bag, splashed in hi-vis hues, is made to be as easily slung as it does carrying one’s trekking essentials. Another comes equipped with multiple pockets. Nature-embracing armoury has never looked brighter.

Gan KahyingBimba Y Lola parka jacket and Olympia multicolour XL backpack.
Bimba Y Lola parka jacket and Olympia multicolour XL backpack.
Gan KahyingBimba Y Lola top, dress and Anthracite pocket bumbag.
Bimba Y Lola top, dress and Anthracite pocket bumbag.
Photography Gan Kahying
Creative direction by Jack Wang
Styling by Michelle Kok
Hair and makeup by Zoel Tee
Model: Jihyun (Mannequin)
Location: Fritz Hansen
Text by Bianca Husodo