Dealing with religion is always a slippery fish, but Rotsaniyom have gone right ahead and focused their entire new collection around unmistakably Christian iconography. Think crosses, Mary, doves and ‘in God we trust’ scarves and the odd Spanish-esque fine lace top, which is reminiscent of a good church-going Catholic virgin in the Mediterranean.
But, as we all know, with any fashion theme there has to be a twist; girlie dresses have to be toughened up with leather jackets, sheer floaty outfits have to be given some zing with a flash of neon underwear, etc. This collection is no different, and the ‘twist’, though predictable, is fun.
Rotsaniyom’s take on the look is that it’s risque; it’s a little revealing and probably best not worn for Sunday best. The tops are long-sleeved and cropped, the belly is bared and even the more church-friendly pieces are paired with fashion-forward high-waisted full length balloon skirts or cigarette pants printed with saints and praying hands.
The designers say the tattoo style of the prints are ‘humble yet sarcastic’, which presumably means you can wear them whether you worship God or worship fashion; either wear it with pride in your beliefs, or with a heavy dose of irony. Certainly the theme is so in-your-face, you can imagine that it could be worn ironically but, it takes a brave fashion soldier than I to sport such provocative imagery with my tongue in my cheek. Though that’s not to say I don’t admire those who can.
The God-fearing theme is heavy-handed throughout the entire collection, so if you’re uncomfortable with wearing your holy cross on your sleeve, there’s little else to pick through within the collection, though the fine white lace cropped tops and full-length skirts are a highlight. Rotsaniyom manage to maintain a virginal innocence about the pieces, despite the sheer fabric, the form-fitting cut and the flashes of flesh it reveals.
You can accessorise with rosary beads, as seen in the promotional shots for the range or, if you think that’s taking the theme a little too far, just let the pieces speak for themselves in this statement-making collection.
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Words by Gaby Doman