words by MAREK BARTEK

In an intriguing departure from the norm, Raúl Lopez’s Luar spring collection drew inspiration from an unassuming locale: “El Hoyo,” a humble neighborhood in the Dominican Republic. This unexpected backdrop served as the creative catalyst for what would become one of Lopez’s most mature collections to date.

Throughout the collection, Lopez ventured into uncharted territory with innovative tailoring experiments. Notably, he introduced extended collars on classic banker stripe shirts, cleverly mirroring the sensation of being pulled back by the neck—an artistic reflection of the community he drew inspiration from.

Moreover, the collection featured a foray into novel materials and techniques. “Crackle vinyl,” chosen to mimic the cement floors typical of Dominican homes, added a unique and subversive touch to some of the pieces.

As he marked his tenth year in the world of runway shows, Lopez took a moment to reflect on the journey. He expressed his gratitude for the recognition he’d earned in New York’s fashion scene, acknowledging that years of hard work and dedication had borne fruit. However, with a hint of whimsy, he playfully suggested that future seasons might see a return to his more unconventional and eclectic style. The unpredictability of the fashion world keeps us guessing about what he’ll create next.