Edvin Thompson, designer of Theophilio, created one of NYFW's most anticipated runway shows.
After his 2021 CFDA Emerging Designer of the Year win, we knew the phenom would bring the heat for his Spring 2023 collection. Entitled “Homecoming,” his latest body of work reflected his journey through American as proud Caribbean immigrant, a journey that has shaped him into the designer that he is today.
The Jamaican-born designer, now based in Brooklyn, NY, merges his early experiences in Jamaica with his adult years in New York City and its progressive culture. At the core of Thompson’s designs, there's a focus on the celebration of life after overcoming obstacles and triumphs along the way. He believes we all should look and feel good while facing adversity. Thompson champions the voices of those alike, making Theophilio a wearable biography.
"My Spring/Summer 2023 Collection, 'Homecoming,' is an homage to myself—going home to Kingston, Jamaica while also celebrating my life in New Jersey, Atlanta and New York City. This collection is an ode to all the places I called home. Inspired by the iconography of all of these great cities, Theophilio is a wearable biography,” shared the designer.
A stand-out piece is Thompson’s take on the city’s classic “I Love New York” T-shirt, which he remixed in his own dazzling way. Another stand-out is a pair of two-tone leather trousers. The extravagant headpieces, Rastafarian motifs and graffiti prints added plenty of flavor.
Thompson is a designer who takes feedback from his customers, so when we saw tons of sexy dresses on the runway, it came as no surprise, as his female customers are bold and powerful. Moreover, the Theophilio brand is all about standing in your truth and being proud of who you are and where you come from.