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“Ooze conjures up a lot of sensory imagery whenever it is said. The word is tactile, sensual, slow, disgusting and seductive all at the same time. It was the perfect word to encapsulate major elements within the jewelry and clothing collection, as well as a metaphor for how our own business has grown over the past few years.
In recent works, we have explored silicone as a medium and loved how organic and unpredictable it can be. The lack of control is what intrigues me the most about it. I also love how slow it pours and that with silicone, it's a waiting game. We have incorporated this technique into our signature silver futuristic pieces, and I love how the organic forms of the silicone contrast the clean nature of the jewelry and statement pieces.To quote the great filmmaker Clive Barker describing the look of the Cenobites in his famous Hellraiser series, I wanted the collection to express a sort of ‘repulsive beauty’.
Our business has had a steady and slow rise since its debut in 2008. We have evolved from a wholesale jewelry business into a fully realized creative studio where we not only make jewelry, but also create custom accessories and even unconventional clothing and costume for artists worldwide. The rise was a steady and slow one, and I'm really happy about this kind of growth.
Photos: Andrew Morales
Lastly, why did we cast our show making it mandatory to shave their heads?
We had a few reasons for this direction. I have always been fascinated by how culture has dictated that feminine presenting people, if they shaved their heads, are looked on as crazy or unhinged in the case of Britney Spears and Doja Cat. Meanwhile, there are a multitude of reasons why people shave their heads. Some people do it as a sign of freedom, some people do it to establish their queerness, and others, in the case of the women in Iran, do it as a sign of protest. For some reason society always defaults to these people being crazy, which I find a bit ridiculous. I wanted to express the beauty in being bald, clean and hairless, and cast the show with preference on models with alopecia. We were lucky enough to have a multitude of entries, and I couldn't be happier with the cast we landed on.”
Creative Director, CHRISHABANA
SCORE - BAE BAE
GRAPHICS - MICHAEL RENASSIA
BEAUTY - RYAN BURKE
HAIR - ARROJO NYC
SHOES - (CUSTOMIZED BY CHRISHABANA) PROVIDED BY SYRO
SET DESIGN- SIERRA VILLAREAL, KENNY MARTINEZ, PARKER CAMP
PHOTOGRAPHY- ANDREW MORALES
SHOW VIDEO- ITENJI