After making a name for themselves in New York as finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Pia Davis and Autumn Randolph of No Sesso took a two-season break from Fashion Week. They will return to the runway in the spring of 2024 in their home city of Los Angeles. Davis said, “We just wanted to take some time off to really raise the brand and show our own brand of high fashion.”
The Futuro Fish collection looked at how technology will affect people in a sci-fi future that’s not too far away. It also imagined what it would be like to dress in “The No Sesso System” then. It was shown as a performance work with a 3D movie background, and the artists’ friends acted as models.
The two designers improved the classic body-skimming shapes they’re known for by adding features like buttons and patch pockets and connecting the bottoms of clothes to their round Carry bag. They also looked at how clothes could be worn in different ways.
For example, jersey dresses and skirts could be worn as pants from the back. They cut the cloth above the knee and made holes in the top of the thighs to show skin, playing with the idea of garters and riding chaps. Some of the most interesting outfits were A cropped leather jacket, matching Bermuda shorts, an asymmetrical knit polo dress, and a corded corset top worn with a strip of a jersey miniskirt that had a very long train.
A knife-pleat miniskirt was worn over a cut wool trouser that was too big and puddled on the floor, showing off their own unique take on high fashion. They made more jersey, leather, and denim clothes and added metallic nylon that was cut into a fitted set of shorts and a bustier.
Their signature patchwork and appliqué features could be seen all over, especially on the back of shorts and an oversized black leather jacket. Found metal pieces were turned into jewelry by the artist Georgina Trevino. However, Davis said there was less upcycling because they wanted to make clothes that more people could afford.
The makers’ vision is based on community, so it was hard to stay true to their roots while making the site bigger for people outside their circle. Their break paid off, as the collection felt better put together than in previous years. You can’t know what will happen in the future, but No Sesso’s future in fashion looks good.