Closing the third day of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, Everand Best (better known as) Ev Bravado (@evbravado) debuted his new brand “WHO DECIDES WAR” with 18 looks for a Spring/Summer 2020 collection – introducing a new personal narrative to designer work. The presentation included a live demonstration of his process, which was seen by a front including J Balvin, Virgil Abloh, John Elliott, Jerry Lorenzo, Heron Preston, Kerby Jean Raymond and Reese Cooper. The show was an intimate and refreshing look at new menswear breaking through the Paris Fashion Week schedule.
Everard Best, better known as Ev Bravado (@evbravado), created a movement out of his God given knack for DIY. His customized designs have been seen on people in his circle like Playboi Carti and Virgil Abloh, as well as in past Off-White shows when he’s helped his friend and frequent collaborator with developing denim for the line.
Best’s first collection for WHO DECIDES WAR with Spring/Summer 2020 titled “Fall From Grace” is a reference to the biblical story of the Garden of Eden and the Original Sin – the story of man’s fall from grace.
“WHO DECIDES WAR is a new beginning, so I wanted to start with this origin story,” says Best. Growing up with biblical stories like the Story of Creation and the Garden of Eden, Best is opening up a more personal dialogue with this brand. WHO DECIDES WAR is about exploring storylines, themes, and concepts through the lens of a young black man, challenging the concepts of war, separation, politics, conflict, belief, and hope in a system that’s not built for everyone to win. “Fashion is about clothing and WHO DECIDES WAR is very much about the clothes and the construction and details, but at the end of the day, it’s always about a message.”
The Spring/Summer 2020 “Fall From Grace” collection is a departure from the extravagant pieces that Best has been known for in the past. Instead, he’s debuting the new line with a collection that evokes primeval design and clothing pared down to natural hues that point to a feeling of majesty and transcendence. There’s a heavy focus on sustainability and a connectedness to the Earth, with the use of raw, untreated Italian silks and dyes made with teas and coffee. Always with an eye on what’s trending, the pieces echo elements of streetwear like an updated take on denim and custom sneaker designs that Best collaborated on with Puma.
“Our logo is an anti-666 graphic. There are some logos and graphics out there that draw from things that are dark and negative, and people don’t really think about the message in fashion anymore. They celebrate what’s hot and hyped, even if it’s something like a 666 logo. This is our counter to that; we’re here to celebrate something that’s about the good of the world. Something that means something higher.”
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