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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021 – Mercy x Mankind is Looking for Evidence of Coalescence

We live in polarized times. The technologies that were meant to connect us have had the reverse effect – they have exponentially increased social dilemmas. With effortless ability, we reduce the distance that separates mankind, but somehow, along the way, we forgot that the real power is to coalesce.

For the Mercy x Mankind Fall/Winter 2021 Collection, Isaac Saqib and his team searched nature for evidence of coalescence, factors that could teach mankind cohesion. They found it in the desert, earth’s most abundant demonstration of desperate particles – dust – and simultaneously the most visually coherent. Humans share the same trajectory. Irrespective of race, creed, status, or appearance we are all made of tiny, dry particles of the earth — dust. What stops us from exhibiting the same coalescence?

Tones of beige, sky blues, reds, and oranges against long, carelessly open silhouettes, unfinished seams, and natural fibers like leather, cotton, and wool are reminiscent of the desert’s soft coherence. All the while, this collection was shot on green screens in Brooklyn and virtually transported around the world with effortless technology. Mercy x Mankind explores the strength of coherence that can transcend both virtual and physical space. This collection is a reminder that the very things that separate us will most likely be the ones that unite us, according to the designer who participated in the NYFW with a video & lookbook.

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