Nabil Volkers

kuala lumpur
kuala lumpur
University / School:
Raffle's College of kuala lumpur
Graduation Year:
Production Location:
kuala lumpur
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Collection – Experiment 01

EXPERIMENT 01 is the name of Nabil Volkers’ debut collection. True to the dark thematic styling of his brand, this collection divulges into how he handles his personal demons; drawing creative inspiration from themes covering human experimentation to the fallen angel enigma. 20 looks were sent down the runway; strong and gender fluid silhouettes ranging from oversized, boxy cuts to lab-inspired garments from Area 51. The structured silhouettes were artfully shaped from nylon, neoprene and black mesh; Nabil exhibiting his affinity towards synthetic fabrics for this collection. An almost monochromatic palette with a dash of sunburnt mustard pieces, the detailing for this collection ranges from embroidered orchids – highlighting how Nabil opines that each individual is exotic as the flower itself, to the black feathers – representing everyone’s inner demons. His avant-garde approach to streetwear visualizes a new dimension of athleisure in Malaysia and just like his brand name emblazoned in a kaleidoscopic pattern in this collection.
Nabil has always been drawn to the dark side of life, both out of conscience and from life’s experience. Surviving it has fuelled an inner strength in him, from which birthed his creativity. Currently at an age of creative inquisitiveness, this Raffle’s College of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia graduate surprisingly did not start off in fashion. Photography was his earliest passion and through his portrait works an epiphany struck him: His subject’s clothing strongly personifies the individual. Thus, the Nabil Volkers brand was born. His design philosophy is simple; "To translate the idea of the garment in your own voice." He moots the idea of drawing strength from the downside of life and with his designs as their “armour”, individuals can empower themselves with the Nabil Volkers vision without losing their self identity. His tertiary days saw the release of a capsule and his graduate collection, exhibiting pieces that would soon set the tone, silhouette and ultimately the brand message. All of his design efforts led to the culmination of his debut collection, EXPERIMENT 01. Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2016 held stage for his debut menswear line, showcasing the many fabrics, techniques and diverse styling of his pieces, true to the brand. Just as he likes his pieces cohesive yet diverse, this creative vibe echoes throughout his brand, which is to appeal to different personas in a mass market of norms, every person loudly seeking acceptance from others, but most importantly, silently from themselves.