Stirred by her birth country’s nature and landscape imageries, Arguelles contrasted heritage lands like the rice terraces – carved into the mountains by the hands of Filipino ancestors and indigenous people – with mining sites caused by urbanisation.

The collection express the constantly changing ways of our earth caused by nature and the civilisations in it. J Henry Fair’s photographs of environmental pollution and earth damage crisis were a key inspiration for Arguelles as they stimulate the idea of creating something horrifying yet stunning visuals. Furthermore, Azuma Makoto’s celebration of plants and flowers by expressing their inner beauty also motivated the direction of this collection.


The concept of the garments explores the perception of beauty found in the toxic and scarred faces of planet earth. They do not only juxtapose organic against artificial but also fluidity against fragmentation. Arguelles plays between the mixture and texture of soft and graphic elements by using different weight and opacity of fabrics to surround the collection with more opposite themes of the natural process versus the man-made.