san josé
san josé
costa rica
University / School:
istituto marangoni
Production Location:
costa rica
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Collection – Chapuì

Chapuí is a metaphor for decadence during the adolescent age: the experience of replacing the innocent pleasures of childhood through drugs, parties and ridiculous loves. Inspired by movies like Party Monster, Requiem for a dream, and Kids, Chapuí narrates a desire that culminates in self-destruction, social rejection, violence, and possibly some kind of dementia.
It is a collection that transmits a craving for exaggeration and extreme nostalgia in its clothing. The paranoid, schizophrenic mood is translated throughout opposing aesthetics: a push and pull between different textures and shapes. Body hugging silhouettes contrast with oversized genderless sweaters. Power Rangers, Robocop, Mazinger Z and pump gun prints meet ultra feminine ruffles. Big buckles over well placed cut-outs. Bright colors like turquoise, pink, blue and a toxic green dominate the collection along with deep black. Evening garments in sundry patterns, leather, neoprene and psychedelic flower patterns culminate the collection.

Fashion Films

Rob Chamaeleo, 26 year old designer from Costa Rica, is the designer of the brand. After completing his two titles in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing in Milan and Paris, Rob returned to his home country to dedicate himself to his label. Today he also shares his international education through his position as director of the Fashion Career of Universidad Creativa. Highly focused on the tactile version of abstract inspirations, Chamaeleo is a brand that challenges the ideas of beauty and morality that seem to be defined as "absolute". Chamaeleo's modus operandi consists of assuming everything real, or too pessimistic and creating, inversely, ethereal works of beauty. Arts, politics, business, mathematics and science serve as catapults of inspiration for the brand. Chamaeleo intends to dispute the "absolute" in order to form a world of fantasy and escapism. The brand reunites two lines: Chamaeleo Gamma, with the more contemporary proposal, and Chamaeleo Alpha, which focuses on the creation of trends and the observation of social behaviors.