With a focus on time and freedom, the Chuks Collins Spring/Summer 2022 collection “Resurrection” draws upon human abilities and our desire to create infinite possibilities. Resurrection is something we rarely notice yet we see often. It happens in nature, in our parks, and gliding in the air. It moves with time and most importantly takes place within our bodies daily. The beauty of these seemingly mundane yet exquisite happenings inspired the collection.
“I was in a place where I was thinking of how we can attain all that we desire through the abilities within us. I became obsessed with the word resurrection; what can feel like nothing even though everything is there. It took me on a journey towards a personal search for that which can be found within myself. The changes were in me, I just needed to look closer,” says Collins.
Tapping into his creative spirit, the designer took photos of cocoons, studying the resurrection process of the butterfly. In addition, he also looked at the human muscular system for elements of strength and structure, another facet of looking within oneself. These inspirations are realized through ethereal soft flowy fabrics contrasted with organically structured cuts creating unforgettable silhouettes. The palette draws from the jewel tones with ombrés of yellows, royal blues, wine reds, and browns, and has touches of African-inspired cocoon prints.
Collins has taken this concept of rebirth into the silhouettes through fabric manipulation with pleating, heavy drapery, knitting, corsetry, and with an emphasis on structured shoulders. For the couture looks, the designer tapped into his tailoring skills and included a lot of hand beading. His incorporation of the muscular nature of humans and the metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly is woven throughout the collection’s theme.