Song for the Mute is tapping into Parisian heritage for its latest collection, titled 22.2 LES OLYMPIADES. Creative Director Lyna Ty describes the collection as a love letter to the 90s, as well as to the urbanist housing project she grew up in – Les Olympiades, Paris.
Amongst the geographical inspirations, Ty draws on the cultural and personal associations with the place to inform the collection. Of these, she cites “communal strangers, juxtaposed narratives, tacky teenagers, heavy makeup and trash luxury” to name a few.
The collection itself uses all these references to shape its own narrative – one of chaos, nostalgia, but also distinctly Parisian style. The clothes themselves, which encompass both mens and womenswear, include an array of bleached denim, strong leather, and plaid patterns alongside fuzzy tracksuits and crocheted jackets.
Song for the Mute has left no colour or texture unturned, debuting everything from classic stonewash double denim looks to an upgraded, utilitarian houndstooth coat. In womenswear, we see playful knits sit alongside oversized graphic tees, and a standout grey fluffy jacket. It seems that Ty has reflected the diversity of Paris in the diversity of the garments.
The collection highly focuses on contrast; opposing colours and a strange balance of opposites. The lookbook, shot by Darren McDonald, also reflects this sentiment – still life truly captures the idea of juxtaposition and harkening back to the aesthetic of urban 90’s Paris. The colours and prints appear vibrant, with the styling choices encapsulating the youth culture aesthetic. They’ve even considered footwear; using the lookbook and collection to offer a sneak peek in to the brand’s upcoming sneaker collaboration with adidas.
Check out the full collection on their website.