PONDER.ER unveils its first capsule collection, “Liquid Masculinity”, via social media as a teaser to
their upcoming debut in January 2020. Ideas from the two designers’ graduation work are extracted,
examined and distilled into one cohesive collection.
Once familiar forms of masculinity have evolved into new contemporary looks - a white smocked
poplin shirt is paired with lime green knit trousers with subtle transparent panels; whilst a 1970s
inspired Men’s trenchcoat has been reconstructed with a multi-layer reversible form. The Men’s suit
has also been reinvented with cut-outs and half-detachable sleeves, directing “the gaze” onto the
male body. PONDER.ER encourages its viewers to rethink and reconsider the definition of masculinity
and how modern men dress.
Textile experimentation plays an important role in the development process of the collection.
Ordinary shapes are reimagined and transformed by applying intricate fabrications. Delicate silk
organza jacket and trouser pairing have been constructed with denim-like topstitch details before
undergoing a garment hand-dying process with natural Yamato Indigo dye. Smocking, digital printing
and fabric-bonding are featured throughout the collection to achieve cutting-edge effects that truly
disrupt the shapes of the pieces. Knitwear is also a crucial part of the collection; bold colours and
expressive yarns are used in skin-tight tops, sharp graphic looking bodysuits inspired by Men’s
1930s swimsuits and straight-leg textural trousers.
“Liquid Masculinity” gives a glimpse of what’s to come in PONDER.ER’s full-range collection launching
early next year. Follow PONDER.ER now to find out more about the collection and other upcoming