Who Decides War delivered a spring collection that showed a new, elevated direction for the label in which it’s leveraging its tried and true design codes and applying them to new silhouettes and styles.
“With this season, you’ll see what we’re known for, but it’s a step in a new direction for us,” said designer Everard Best, who helms the brand alongside partner Tela D’Amore. “I don’t want to say new direction, but we’re growing up and as we’re growing up, we don’t find ourselves needing to be overly distressed all of the time. We’ll still have that commercially, but we’re showing our hand in different things.”
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One aspect of this new direction is the introduction of more feminine styles. The designers explained the brand has always been unisex; however, it’s typically leaned more toward a masculine aesthetic.
Key feminine pieces were a series of corsets, elegantly draped dresses and miniskirts that embodied the coolness and urban vibe of the brand while showing an evolution its design codes.
“It’s taking our design codes and applying it to women,” D’Amore said. “There’s been such an organic audience of people supporting. It’s time that we actually transition into that [womenswear] world and really create something that’s tailored just for women.”
The brand also evolved its denim and signature stained glass window motif, showing pieces like distressed denim embellished with rhinestones or laces and tailored pieces featuring silver hardware designed in the window shape.
Best explained the collection was inspired by his father’s tailor shop that he grew up in, which translated through an array of tailored, streetwear-inspired pieces.
The designers also launched accessories for spring with handbags and footwear. The brand has previously worked with others for accessories, but this is the first time the styles are made solely by Who Decides War.
“As a brand, where we are right now, it just feel like it’s time to take that next step and elevate and expand our product offerings,” D’Amore said. “That’s really what we wanted to home in on this time instead of more of the same.”
Launch Gallery: Who Decides War RTW Spring 2024
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