Photography: Lane Lang
“The NAMILIA Warrior Queens fight back against the devaluation of powerful Women as sexual and dangerous,” read the NAMILIA runway manifesto positioned on every seat at the presentation. “The need for women to dress in a masculine way in order to be taken seriously ends now.”
That was the sentiment behind Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl’s Fall collection for NAMILIA, a feminist take on power dressing for the new millennium. Based on a juxtaposition of feminine elements, the punk spirit, rave culture and motocross, the collection embodied the sartorial equivalent of “girl power for 2017.”
“When you think about women’s power dressing, it’s always been about women wearing men’s clothes,” said Li. “We thought, ‘That’s kind of wrong—why do women need to wear something super masculine to be taken seriously?'”
The brand went the opposite direction for Fall, presenting aggressive uniforms for the ultimate bad bitch. Featuring sparkles, trains and a Paris Hilton pant, the designs stayed political, but never too serious, mixing witty prints and slogans across bomber dresses and wings. In a daunting political climate, the NAMILIA girl is never in fear.
“I think clothing is basically our second skin and with it, anything is possible,” added Li. “In recent times, fashion has become something very aesthetic-driven and we’re trying to change that by looking at youth cultures, like punk and goth, where clothing always had a meaning and a message. My role as a fashion designer is to make sure people see our vision.”
If nothing else, that’s exactly what this collection does—Li and Pfohl delivered a cutting take on current affairs by crafting clothes fit for a female warrior. The NAMILIA message is one of power, grace and unrelenting resistance—and we’re ready to join.
View the NAMILIA FW ’17 collection, above.