Telling the present and the future of fashion in a single collection

At 21, designer Ellis Co breaks away from traditional fashion shows.

Future and present fashion come together in this classic leather jacket and refurbished cargo pants for him and vice versa for her.

Present and future collided when Co presented its debut collection of high fashion streetwear, inspired by the phenomenon of déjà vu. Appropriately nicknamed “Memories of the Future”, the Fall 2022 collection marked the birth of her fashion brand Archives.

“I chose the Archives brand because the clothes I design are timeless and enduring pieces, and in themselves a collection of historical documents,” explained the promising 21-year-old director of design.

Inviting as a “fashion presentation beyond the traditional runway”, Co’s show did not disappoint as a multi-sensory experience. With the help of fashion show director Frank Mamaril, Co realized his concept of time travel in production.

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Mounted at Whitespace Manila in Makati City, which was visually transformed into a portal, guests got a glimpse into the future of fashion through Co’s collection, curated by Archive’s creative director Reika Mayani.

The talented instrumentalists of Manila String Machine have linked this multisensory experience together with Vivaldi’s classics (The Four Seasons, Concerto n. 2, “Summer” III) intertwined with contemporary rhythms such as the sound of the concept of future-meets-present.

Memories of the Future presented a total of 44 pieces, dramatically divided into segments. The opening saw a black show that provided an introduction to the designer’s interpretation of unconventional proportions. The outerwear has been reinvented in oversized pieces with obi belts and curved-cut lapels that constitute the unmistakable touch of the designer.

Breaking up the dark and gloomy suites was a single white dress that forms a cloud-like hood on top.

Breaking up the dark and gloomy suites was a single white dress that forms a cloud-like hood on top.

Breaking up the dark and gloomy suites was a single white dress that formed a ruffled hoodie at the top of the head, dramatically resembling a precious white cloud.

The rest of the suites saw Co’s play on neutrals and fall attire, pairing, for example, a classic black suit with a trench coat or down jacket, and refurbished cargo pants with a suit or leather jacket.

The end of the show was a performance by Co’s gray ensembles reflecting a young and hip vibe that is sophisticated at the same time.

More pieces from Ellis Co’s Memoirs of the Future are available on the label’s official Instagram page, @ archives.galerie.