On Saturday, designer and Project Runway alum Ben Chmura made his StyleWeek Providence debut, showcasing his NIBIRU (and self-proclaimed comeback) collection. We were there to see his sci-fi inspired/contemporary streetwear designs come down the runway, and met up with him post-show to talk the future of fashion and Project Runway’s all-star season.
Rue La La: We were blown away with these designs. Tell us about the inspiration for this line.
Ben: The whole idea comes from a novel called The 12th Planet and its theories about how alien civilizations came to earth and helped man evolve through the dark ages. While they’re here, they’re re-creating streetwear and trying to understand how humans dress and behave.
Rue La La: Part of your futuristic approach is the idea of unisex clothing. Can you tell us more about that?
Ben: There are a few pieces in the collection that are gender-benders. I’m playing with a lot of exaggerated proportions so they could go female or male. I wanted to put more streetwear out there that would blur the lines – I really think it’s the future of fashion.
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