With much anticipation built over the previous seasons, artistically driven Malaysia based menswear designer Moto Guo is at it again, presenting his latest collection for Spring Summer 2016 endearingly entitled But Do Not Blame Lulu.
Lulu is a figment of Moto’s imagination. A reincarnation of individuals who were forced to face the harsh realities of life equipped with nothing more than their bare selves, Lulu is jaded, confused and facing an identity crisis.
Lulu personifies the awkwardness created whilst one implements foreign elements into their unique self. An unsettling mood lingers between her and those who have had a preconceived notion of her. An unspeakable transformation, be it big or small, physical or intangible, in lieu of an identity crisis.
Contemporary sporty tinged with a vintage 70’s flavour, But Do Not Blame Lulu is modernistic washed over with nostalgia. Moto takes us on an overwhelming experience as he playfully applies lines, distorted quilts and uneven pleats (including the designer’s aptly named “octopus suction cups” pleat) within seemingly unassuming silhouettes inspired by sporty jersey t-shirts. Moto also employed fabrics such as velvet, raincoat nylon, suiting and mesh, most of which were unheard of in his previous collections.
Departing from his former collections in terms of commerciality and accessibility, Moto admittedly sees a little of himself in Lulu, adopting foreign policies to combat a certain crisis he is facing as a contemporary fashion designer. As an act of rebellion, he has thrown his audience – industry insiders and the public alike – off guard with this contradictory collection. A supposedly marketable collection sabotaged by sophisticated, showpiece-esque details and manipulation. Or is it the other way round? Though the collection, new elements, audience and industry insiders played a role but they are not at fault. Change is inevitable and perhaps, not all bad. As for the awkwardness that Moto is due to face, “I can take it,” he responds. “But do not blame Lulu.”.