Born in Mexico, raised in Los Angeles and now based in New York City, Solis grew up in a mixture of cultures, which naturally translates into the collections he sends down the runway. “I do believe that the work I’m doing reflects aspects of where I come from and where I aspire to go”, he tells us. Indeed, the clothes, the models, the beauty looks and the general vibe somehow convey a sort of ‘mexicanidad’. But also, they reflect his views on gender, politics and beauty. For example, in his Fall/Winter 2017 show, the fashion designer wrote ‘No Ban No Wall’ and ‘Fuck Your Wall’ on the models’ underwear – that same collection also featured lots of BDSM-inspired looks, like a bodysuit tied with shibari-style ropes or deconstructed leather dresses with cut-outs. As he told Dazed when he presented it, “it would seem wasteful to have a platform and not be able to speak up”.