Just getting to Spring/Summer 2021 feels like a celebration, but now that Kapital has arrived to remind us of how much fun we’ve been missing, it feels like smooth sailing to the open bar at a destination wedding. And while we may not be to the finish line yet, nothing has us putting on our smilies and warming our bones more than Kapital’s drop for the season.
Kapital kills it every time with a collage of inspiration and a crazy amount of details. This season is heavy on gear for good times with artful stitching, playful patching, toothy textures and punchy patterns.
Some common Kapital themes (uncommon by any other standard) have returned with heavy patterns that are dyed, painted, or embroidered on the garments. Sashiko stitching, subtle distressing and graphic elements patched-in or knit together are throughout the collection in a jigsaw of compelling design that connects styles and cultures.
The ever popular bones and smilies show up in full force - both hidden and boldly displayed. This season also hosts some incredible dyeing techniques. Tees that are hand garment-dyed for high and low contrasts and future fading; a signature Ashbury Dyeing style that has a soft tie-dye effect that produces all the gradients of a single color throughout; discharge dyed and printed patterns; and a whole lot of natural indigo shades.
Plus, there’s nothing overlooked in the construction. From pocket shape and construction on the shirting to the fabric wrapped hem of the shorts, Kapital seems to draw from every technique in the textile playbook.
Kapital finds inspiration everywhere and reassembles disparate images to produce brand new vistas with an artistic vision that takes itself playfully. Amongst the collection are clothing concepts and traditions that are recognizable in focus, but as a whole look like a modern challenge of putting personality first and proudly. Somehow, the details are able to both connect and individualize.
The artistic freedom of Kapital champions clothing that connects culture to culture. Their mix of serious craftsmanship with a humorist’s wit is equal parts homage and critique.
The end result shows how everything in nature and culture isn’t as divergent as they may first appear; they’re worn individually and perpetually new, but tied together seamlessly. Or, in the case of Kapital, culture is tied together at the seams and gets to the bones of it all.