Dutch designer Bas Kosters found clarity in our chaotic world by creating his A/W ’15 collection. The psychadelic Amsterdam presentation, titled “Permanent State of Confusion,” aimed to iron out social hysteria by combing through Kosters’ own inner conflicts. Exploding with exaggerated silhouettes, dramatic pattern collisions and alienesque, “Yo Gabba Gabba”-looking mascots, Kosters’ show felt like an unruly, technicolor trip.
There was something spiritual about the experience, which opened with a clip of the designer transforming himself into the Indian God, Kali. In the video, Kosters boldly shaved his hair and eyebrows, painted his entire head and created new brows using sequins. Nico’s low, grainy voice began permeating the venue and looping haphazardly, as models stormed the runway in Kosters’ handcrafted pieces.
His aesthetic seemed grounded in an otherworldly, storybook location with elements of fantasy dancing wildly throughout. Models sported Rocky Horror Picture Show-meets Bali makeup, unsettling, childlike costumes, and a number of baby strollers, pull-along toys and stuffed animals. The production felt like experiencing Kosters’ childhood during an LSD-induced psychosis.
Listen to the soundtrack below: