With a skill for both print construction and minimalistic material choices, Ytinifninfinity's designer Victor Barragan has a talent for meshing the two in perfect symmetry. The prints of this offering aren't overpower, they simply add a quirkiness to the clean shapes and palettes of Barragan's garments.
In his latest collection, SF!14– Summer Fall 14– a term Barragan says he baptised as he explains "it's difficult to make a collection with the strict and exact times of fashion seasons and my pieces are kind of random for the weather in my country at the moment".
I had a brief chat with him about this range and he revealed it's the first one he has utilised 'real' models for in the lookbook. In regards to his latest works he also says; "I was really exited to mix all my print skills in different materials, I always get so obssesed with random items and this time it was the drill, bolts and saws."
And in regards to the minimalist influences Barragan comment's he finds the idea of his menswear 'gorgeous'.
"My idea about menswear it to make it still look hot and comfortable, but for almost all my pieces the designs are pretty simple. I feel more like a graphic or industrial designer than like a fashion designer– it's easy for me to spend a lot of hours on illustrations, testing fabrics like new metal plastics–it's really fun for me.
This collection undoubtedly features some unconventional fabrics like the metal plastic material mentioned above, but Barragan also explains this collection indeed mixes the old with the new.
"I worked with textures like mesh, rain pvc, foam, climbing carabiners, and embroidery details then regular print. Almost all fabrics are 'sporty'."
From the labels quite humble beginnings back in 2008 when Barragan began making tees for not only himself but also other fashion designers, models, bands, he has come quite a ways. Technology has played a large role in this progression, and certainly along all the technological developments Barragan's collection also developed. He first started selling to his friends and the wider community via Myspace, then Facebook. And now Instagram and Tumblr play a large role in the brand–this is also evident in the underlying cyber imagery and text throughout Barragran's work. These platforms have also allowed Ytinifninity to grow quite drastically, so much so that Barragan reveals he is considering doing the brand 100%, quitting his job and going all out.
We for sure wouldn't complain if this was the case, as if this is a reflection if what he can do in half his time imagine what he could do if he took on Ytinifninfinity full time.
Words/ Jamie-Maree Shipton