Gypsy Sport Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear

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Rio Uribe started designing this Gypsy Sport collection in December 2019. In clock time that’s just one year ago, but it feels lightyears away from the realities of December 2020. When he began, Uribe was certain he would make a collection about Los Angeles car culture, but then the pandemic dashed his show plans, his factories shut down, and development of the collection ground to a halt. Rather than focus on the negatives of that situation, Uribe has found a reassuring positive: He’s done with the fashion system and is sure-footed in his new path forward.

Spending the slow months of early 2020 with his family and friends solidified for Uribe the reason and purpose of Gypsy Sport: to create regenerated clothing with an emphasis on his Mexican-American community. “I spent the time researching a lot about Chicano artists who came before me, sustainable artists who came before me, and reflecting on why I’m interested in sustainability and representing Chicano culture,” he said over Zoom. The result is a “small collection modeled by Black, brown, queer, and BIPOC people. It’s a love letter to my community.”

The collection marries elements of Mexican-American culture in California, pulling imagery and silhouettes from low-rider culture, the Brown Berets, cholos, and even the drama and camp of telenovelas—all without losing the signatures Uribe established during his years of New York and Paris shows. Uribe’s boyfriend made the hand-beaded chains to be used as layering pieces and jewelry, while the vast majority of garments were upcycled from vintage tees and denim. Uribe also spoke of a new sustainability ideal: making clothing that is not only upcycled, but can withstand the test of time. “No throwaway looks for clickbait,” he said with a smile. Here, he’s created rugged denim, glittering dresses, and, for the grand finalé, a black suit trimmed in red lace worn with a floral shirt. “My New Year’s Eve look,” he says. The long-cut suit would indeed be ideal for NYE celebrations, but it will have a long life afterwards. That’s something Uribe’s customers will appreciate, whether he’s on the fashion calendar or not.

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