“Not everyone needs a show. If your clothes are not meant for a show, and it’s not going to accentuate your clothing or add an extra layer of experience, you don’t need one.”
Domenic Roylance feels sad for those who can’t finish their studies the same way he did, but remains positive about the new possibilities the digital format has to offer, even if coming up with something new and original is harder there. “There’s definitely a lot of room for innovation, but I wouldn’t know what to do,” says Domenic. “Also, not everyone needs a show. If your clothes are not meant for a show, and it’s not going to accentuate your clothing or add an extra layer of experience, you don’t need one.”
Roylance is amazed by how fast the fashion industry adapted to this life-changing situation. However, he also feels such speed is unnecessary sometimes, especially during 2020. “Not everyone needs to go at that speed and create at that pace, slowing down would allow some people to research in-depth and come up with more solid ideas,” says Domenic. In fact, he is a bit disappointed with some brands, because the pandemic could’ve been a really good opportunity for them to slow down, but they didn’t.
With the remnants of his graduate collection and foam from a couch he found on a footpath, Roylance created ‘What’s left of this’ during lockdown – a loud and playful capsule collection of garments that aims to counter the gloom and doom of the pandemic. “People needed to see the clothes, they needed to be uplifted,” he says. Although he started it with a commercial purpose, in the end, he didn’t put any of the pieces on sale. “I don’t think it was the right time for that,” he adds.