Femininity is one of Abel López’s design hallmarks. But how do you make a supersonic spacesuit feel feminine and chic? By tempering the effects of outer space with cinematic glamour. Princess coats, maxi dresses and tailored suits evoke the future romanticized by Eero Saarinen at JFK’s TWA terminal.
The space-age vibe was evident in the red and black column dress, and the pale blue shirt that contained the cape within its structure. Zooming in on the coats, especially the wool camel version, reveals origami-inspired details reminiscent of airplane wings.
Deconstruction is another focus of Lopez’s work. “I always try to use familiar silhouettes. I work from there and try to give [each piece] a new dimension,” he says. A blue and white striped shirt was worn with a sleeveless trench coat, and a flowy white shirt was paired with a loose smoking tie and paired with pleated trousers. “From deconstruction to construction,” he added.
It was clear from the start that he was working from his comfort zone. “Clothes made for winter feel more elegant,” he said.