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The interconnections between religious beliefs and fashion have been increasingly recognised. Willy Chavarria wanted to echo this relationship at New York Fashion Week with his SS23 collection.

Willy Chavarria took NYFW to church for SS23, using Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest Protestant congregations in North America, as the setting. The designer describes his faith as an intimate relationship with God, family and community.

Couture and tailoring details, crossover suits, shoulder pads combined with shirts with exaggerated collars, cotton shirts resembling clerical collars, wide-leg trousers, oversize skirts and shorts are full of sequins and transparencies.

An air of 1950s-style elegance was seen in certain items from Willy Chavarria’s SS23 collection, for example, flared tops and dresses with circular sleeves reminded us of the archival women’s line by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Christian Dior.

Chavarria also went for sportswear and made a nod to his hometown of Fresno, California, by placing collegiate-style “Fresno” and “Sacramento” logos on football jerseys, layered over button-down shirts and open collars.

Willy Chavarria’s “UNCUT” is pure Workwear by Dickies inspiration.