Tigers are among the most well noted and adored of the world’s most alluring “superfauna” (large animal species with global, popular allure). The best and invincible parts of the human spirit have been part of the collective consciousness of the human experience since time immemorial.
Designer Franklin Eugene has fused these two concepts and channelled their collective strengths and mass appeal as the design inspiration for TIGER STRONG. This fashion presentation commences with a nod to Tartan plaid, transitions to Mr. Eugene’s favorite “basic black”, segues to a myriad of Houndstooth fabric offerings, move seamlessly to an off-white color palette, and “smashes it” at the end with faux tiger print shirts, pullovers, and a tuxedo dinner jacket.
The off-white tuxedo dinner jacket that made its world debut at the 74th Venice Film Festival and the faux tiger print tuxedo dinner jacket are the pinnacles of the range. “I was not sure I was going to put the off-white tuxedo jacket in the collection until shortly before the presentation. The decision required that I design and style transition pieces so the collection progresses to the jacket. I do not regret any of it. In my opinion, the colour, cut, and everything else about the jacket is simply fantastic. We took hundreds of photos of the jacket and it does not have a bad angle” disclosed Franklin Eugene.
“I enjoyed adding structure to fabrics that at times traditionally don’t require any. This is particularly notable in the basic black and off-white portions of the presentation. This collection is all about strength and literally has teeth – Houndstooth fabric to be exact. I added a few touches of fake fur and used a sponge, fake tiger print, and Tartan plaid with the goal of creating a bold, comfortable, strength imbued clothing range, noted Mr. Eugene.”