This is what I took away from the Sergio Davila Fall 2013 Collection. There was this sense of something cultural that is often undistinguishable if you are an Americanized child of this diverse melting pot of a nation but one that you learn to appreciate when it is made approachable through familiar avenues like popular culture, television, film and, of course, fashion. The collection was inspired by historical, dark and foggy South American cities like Lima, Peru and the interesting people Davila met while living there 8 months to complete this collection. What resulted was a nicely tailored collection pulling embellished inspiration from concept artist Alvaro Feliu, the hairless "mohawked" Peruvian dog and the punk culture of Lima and it's surrounding areas.
There was a strong tailoring story with interesting prints and woven jacquard-like surfaces. These surfaces reminiscent of handwoven tapestires and quilts were applied to mens and womens outerwear, leggings, shirtings and knitwear. Davila's womenswear delved heavier into the textural romp of funky remixed chevrons and splashy metallic embellishments than his menswear which was dark and composed with subtle embellishment to lapels, jacket fronts and knitwear. You got a sense of the dark punk influence and bold expressionistic reality of Feliu's artwork in the curved lapels and sharp cuts of the suits blocked in buttery leather and toned-down neutral menswear suitings. Then on the flip side you got a sense of the lighter sides of Lima with the textures, shine and liveliness of the womenswear pieces and the slight menswear embellishments.
A very composed and impressive collection from a former Ecco Domani menswear nominee and former Best Menswear Designer winner of the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award Program. His support of the Peruvian textile industry with his usages of alpaca and organic pima cotton also make him a globally connected designer aware of his carbon footprint and the support for fair trade. The conscious craftsman in Davila proves that sometimes it's the subtleties, ornate, organic and artistically obtuse, that showcase the real prizes from another culture.