19 November 2014

Frida Freda: The Divine Feminine -


In three days, two hours, and about one minute, ReciclaGEM's Spring 2015 collection "FridaFreda: The Divine Feminine" will emerge on the runway of Amarachi Bliss, hosted by two phenomenal women, radio personality and comedian Anike Adegboye and fashion designer/creative director Eunika Simmons, with special styling by Necole Kinloch, featuring a host of talented performers who use their craft to make visual the visceral.

The inspiration behind the collection is the principle of Shakti, which entered my life many years ago before I was ready to understand it/Her. In my limited knowledge, I have learned that Shakti  / The Divine Feminine is a spiritual principle well referenced in Hinduism but well known in many faiths and practices, that is rooted in the feminine modality present within all of us, irrespective of our social gender identity. 
(Photograhed at NYC Boutique, DarlingNYC)

Shakti / The Divine Feminine is that seed of inspiration, that spark before action, empowerment, or that "primordial cosmic energy" that begins creation.

Frida Kahlo and Freda MacDonald (aka. Josephine Baker) have been incredibly influential for me and for so many for so many other creatives that I have come across in my work. As figures, they are the sparks that drive so many aesthetic decisions, relentless art production and self styling of many an artist around the globe. They are also the spark behind trans-continental empowerment project that dear friend and frequent collaborator, Katherine Soutar, and I will be launching early next year.

But before introducing that project, I felt it necessary to present a collection that explores that seed of inspiration before our artistic action.

The collection will be created with our signature hybrid of hand dyed recycled hemp and surplus fabrics, with colors that reference the seven central chakras: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. There are more than seven chakras of course, but we shall start with these. Accessories will include chains and gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Blue Calcite, sourced from magical cidade Rio de Janiero and sourced here in New York.

Created with silhouettes inspired by the multicultural backgrounds of both Frida and Freda, the collection will move like their movements, call upon their memory, while rooting itself in the etheric body that sustains so many artists, and most likely, them as well. 

 (Artist: Paige Bradley, "Goddess: Expansion)

This collection reflects a progression of the line, navigating away from focused political events and more towards the undercurrent energy that influences so many decisions- the undercurrent that, when ignored, creates the political and social events that so many of us fight so hard to prevent.

So join us this weekend to help light the spark and create the new. History doesn't always have to repeat itself.

1+1+2+2+2+0+1+4 = 13. If you follow numerology, you will know that 13 is the number of the Divine Feminine....Coincidence? I think not.


Photo Credits: If you are the owner of any of these images, please feel free to get in contact with me so I can properly credit you! One love info[at]reciclagem-themovement.com. Holla FKA Twigs! You are truly the reincarnation of these two women. Love to you!

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