The best kinds of clothes represent our truest selves and broadcast a personal message to the rest of the world. However, as Freud tells it, the “self” is actually splintered into three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. For Spring/Summer 2016, Saudi Arabian designer Arwa Al Banawi translates messages from the id (the primitive and instinctive component of personality) into a colorful, geometrically appointed collection of sumptuous separates and easeful longline frocks.
In an exclusive interview with Savoir Flair, Al Banawi delves further into the inspiration behind this collection, saying, “The collection speaks of people and their personal adventures through life. I was also interested in psychology and reading people and their behaviors. I named the collection ‘Id’ as it comes from the study of Freud about self-maturity. The id is the first of the three stages of the self, in which are manifested our instinctive nature and impulses without thinking of societal restrictions and the outside world. It’s when a person is just thinking selfishly like a child.” That impulsive quality comes through in Al Banawi’s creative color pairings and slouchy shapes that refuse the body-con silhouette in favor of comfort.
Al Banawi’s collection is also fueled by a journey of self-exploration and discovery during her travels to the States. She shares, “I was away for a month between Miami and New York and I experienced a personal discovery by being around people from a different culture between the suburbs and the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Wynwood. It was a new-found personal adventure that made this collection what it is; I learned the importance of being honest and true to yourself about what you want. This woman of Spring/Summer 2016 has found her independence after a long journey of being honest and true to herself. ”