Meet Vaquera: a gender neutral fashion label created by stylist-turned-designer Patric DiCaprio.
The Alabama native, who was profiled by Dazed last year, is quite the character: He's performed in goth and screamo bands, has studied at reputable fashion institutions like DIS and VFiles, and taught himself to sew using cosplay materials. His fall/winter 2015 show was staged in New York's Delancey/Essex Street Station, competing with train performers for attention. No wonder his clothes exude a "fuck the establishment" spirit -- DiCaprio's deal is to do away with corporate, capitalist, and monotonous hyper production.
"I'm sick of fashion inviting the same people and the same magazines to the same spaces, having the same catwalk with the serious models," he told Dazed. "I don't need to see that again and I don't need other people to see it again."
This season, his collection gives some serious "Alice in Wonderland meets Marie Antoinette meets Kylie Jenner" vibes. There's a recurring theme of diamond prints, evocative of playing cards and tablecloths, big French Revolution-style ruffles with puffy sleeves and hats, as well as the very-LA sweatshirt-worn-as-a-dress look. There's boobs and butts showing in stretch velvet: all the makings of a sexy, unkempt, rag-tag collection, that at its core remains chic and defiant.
What we really want is for Vaquera to open up an online store, but that might defeat his label's purpose: to say "no fucking thank you" to America's addiction to consumerism.
Check out behind-the-scenes footage from Vaquera's fall '16 show below.