Raul Lopez launches his first collection in two years for Spring/Summer 2017 at New York Fashion Week – rebranded and reborn as Luar. Raul Lopez previously showed under the Luarzepol label and fast became one of New York City’s most progressive and innovative fashion visionaries, known for pushing the boundaries of gender as well as for his role in the founding of Hood By Air and pushing a totally new perspective on contemporary fashion. Now under the Luar label, the debut collection includes menswear, womenswear and accessories and represents a honing of his craft, turning his instantly recognisable design handwriting towards a focus on covetable product and pieces balancing creativity with commerciality.
This season’s collection is inspired by the Luar man, resurrected and reborn in a new form, as the Luar woman. Elegant female details including ruching, pleating and ruffling are contrasted against harsh masculine details, genders collide together across menswear and womenswear, subverted through Luar’s non-binary vision. This season’s mood comes from a dark place in which one is pulled in different directions, like an accordion or scrunchy. Through meditation, this dark place is filled with light and with this light arrives the Luar woman – one who was been left in the dark for so long.
Williamsburg born and based Raul Lopez began designing at the age of 12, driven by an insatiable desire to create looks that would help him communicate with a world the didn’t always seem to understand him. He quickly established himself on the downtown fashion scene, integrating into various facets of the creative community from the ball scene, the beginnings of the fledgling streetwear scene and the uptown Washington Heights Dominican scene. Merging and blending elements from all of this Lopez has nurtured his called as a designer, an artist and a visionary. Passionately dedicated to pushing boundaries in design, Lopez seeks to communicate a state of mind that honours the past, but pushes past the expected to imagine and express a vision of the possibilities that await us in the future. Like Lopez, Luar is forever dreaming about tomorrow, today.