Tome are strutting their luxurious wearable staples this season, their very first Resort collection. Designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin are born and bred in Sydney, and now live the New York dream with Anna Wintour’s blessings.
Lobo and Martin’s use of mixed earthy tones, blushy pinks, mustard, buttery yellows, warm shades of brown and beige mixed in with orange, teal, navy, black and white is tender but lively. The way their silhouettes enclose the body and the detailing of the junctions has a vernacular appeal; pleated and zipped with considered drape and gape and tied with matching cord belts at waist and necks.
An essence of crunchy, shiny and metallic fabrics compliment predominantly smooth textiles. Two-toned lace and shiny raw silks with their uneven slumping, wrap with volume as oversized outer layers. High necks, articulated zippers and generous pockets add another layer to these graceful garments.
Jackie Nickerson‘s photographic show ‘Terrain’ of African farm workers provided an artistic muse for Lobo and Martin. It is no surprise that this collection also benefits their ‘White Shirt Project’ for ‘Freedom For All’, an on-the-ground organization that creates long-term, systemic changes to end slavery founded by Katie Ford. The Tome gents don’t plan one easing up on their fashion-meets-social agenda with intentions to set up factories where emancipated sex workers can train to sew. The white shirts they make will, in turn, benefiting others.