This season, Daniel Hurlin continues his textile print journey around the world. After clubbing and dancing in Europe, he went to Pakistan and brought back the essence of this millennia old culture. “Desi” is a Sanskrit term for the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent. Primitive designs reworked on computers, digital mosques, polyester tiles; working from the spirit of Pakistani textiles, and blending it with cut- ting edge sportswear fabrics and shapes.
Inspired by the relaxed elegance of Pakistani men, he took inspiration in the roomy shelwar trousers and the austere simplicity of the clothes. Combining this to sportswear pieces, he creates an easy yet refined modern menswear wardrobe. Pieces such as basketball shorts, track jacket and pants, sleeveless vest are all redesigned to bring a new vision, using technical materials and sharp colours.
White is the colour for formal occasions in Pakistan; therefore it became the main colour of the collection. He then brings highly contrasting colors to modernize hundred-year old arabesques from the Wizir Khan mosque in Lahore, created tiles from indigenous ajrak patterns from the Sindh region (Karachi). These different patterns are all worn together, quite like the chaotic Pakistani cities, historical buildings next to slums, temples next to malls, schools next to bazaars.
It is also a reflection on men, and identity: we are all made of complex layers, and our present, our future are made of fragments of our past put together.
Daniel Hurlin is a Paris-based menswear designer with a strong print focus. He studied at Central Saint Martin’s school in London and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. His love affair with masculine fashion continued as he contributed to Raf Simons, both on the denim line Raf by Raf Simons, and on the collaborations, such as Raf Simons & Fred Perry.
After a break spent working on organic farms in Japan, he started a master in Fashion Design at the Institute Français de la Mode in Paris. Soon after his diploma, he made prints one of his specialties. He then consulted for different brands before showing his own collection “Perfect blue Tamara” at the festival d’Hyères 2012. Meanwhile, his client list built up, as he worked with Comptoir des cotonniers, Givenchy, Christine Phung, Rue du Mail…