Diego Zuñiga AW10: CRIPTO.

November 18, 2010
After Tuesday’s dose of uncompromising, straightforward, no-frills fashion, I’m in the mood for something that leans more toward outlandish today, and 23 year old Mexican designer Diego Zuñiga is coming up with the goods. Having first studied Graphic Design in Tijuana, Zuñiga has moved from the realm of fonts and typography to make known his knack for fashioning somewhat subversive, always eye-catching menswear.

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For his AW10 collection, Cripto, Zuñiga has gleaned inspiration from everything from Catalan architect Gaudí to the Gothic inhabitants (both human and stone) of the Notre Dame cathedral. Basically, this translates to dramatically lengthened silhouettes, heavily detailed shirting, panelled jackets of gargantuan proportions, and skirt-like shorts (inspired by monks’ garb) which fall in long planks. And if you’ve not got a sense of the Gothic yet, the palette’s strictly limited to ash tones, inky black, and navy blue, and materials most made use of are leather, wool, and silk.

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For me, it’s like 1930s ‘golden age’ Horror film meets samurai silhouettes, and that’s really no bad thing.

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  • Anastasia and Duck November 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Wow I hadn't heard of this designer before, thanks for sharing! I like the layering of different fabrics and cuts although some of it is a bit disjointed :-S Definitely into the neo gothic look atm though xxDuck

  • Cillian November 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

    A&D: Glad you liked it. Yeah, I agree, it's not exactly a coherent collection in terms of silhouette but I think that makes it all the more striking.

  • Søren Rømer November 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Wow… I didn't know this designer before, but he looks like someone to look into!