Re-Papier

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>> The world is officially small when via an editor from Indonesia who I met in New York, I somehow receive some nuggets of the Indonesian fashion industry and in particular, make another connection to Nina Karina Nikicio who is one of the more prominent ones that has been carving out several strands to her ever-burgeoning brand.  There's a femme and homme line, a nn:02 basics-based line and then there's her series of projects where she 're' juvenates, 're' vives or 're'configures a clothing concept.  For her fourth 're' project, she looked at that old chestnut; the paper dress.  Explored, flashed up in the 60s and then condemened to the sin bin since, save for the loose relations of paper pulp-based fabrics in organic clothing endeavours, the paper dress has never really had its proper outing.  Perhaps it won't ever be a conceivable mainstream mode of attire. Even Nina's project here is as I said… a project and nothing more. 

Still, I love that she has tried to use a more solid paper base to create these zippered shifts printed with works by five photographers from Indonesia and Singapore.  The ones that arrived through the aforementioned roundabout way are the 'Re-sident' and 'Re-turn' dress, featuring a close-up knarly shot of a tree by Evelyn Pritt and a Phi Phi sunset shot by Noran Bakrie, both from Jakarta.  Seeing as these fully-functional, fully-comfortable and fully-waterproof zippered shifts are in my possession, tempering them to have these paper dress get proper outings isn't too difficult.  May just have to work in a scenario where should a rip-based accident happen whilst out and about, I would have to shed the layer to reveal another one which counts as an outfit change on the go…

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(With cut-up vintage trench, old Topshop dress, black tights, Atalanta Weller wedges)

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(With ASOS White coat, MiH jeans, Heavy Machine heels)