After making a name for themselves in New York as CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, No Sesso’s Pia Davis and Autumn Randolph took a two-season hiatus from the infinite loop otherwise known as Fashion Week. Spring 2024 marks their return to the runway, in their hometown of Los Angeles. “We just wanted to take time off to really elevate the brand and give our version of luxury fashion,” Davis said.
The collection, titled Futuro Fish, explored the impact technology will have on humanity in a not-so-distant sci-fi future and imagined how dressing within “The No Sesso System” will be in that moment. It was presented as a performance art piece with an immersive video background, and the duo’s artist friends as models.
The pair evolved the classic body-grazing silhouettes they’re known for, infusing them with practical utility details such as zippers and patch pockets, and attaching the hems of garments to their cylindrical Carry bag. They also explored versatility and convertibility: Jersey dresses and skirts appeared as pants from behind. Playing with the concept of garters and riding chaps, they slashed fabric above the knee and created cutouts to reveal skin at the top of the thigh. Notable looks included an asymmetrical knit polo dress, a cropped leather jacket and matching bermuda shorts, and a corded corset top paired with a strip of a jersey miniskirt that had an extremely long train.
Articulating their own take on luxury fashion, a knife-pleat miniskirt was the overlay detail on an oversized tailored wool trouser that puddled at the floor. They doubled down on jersey, leather, and denim, and introduced a metallic nylon, cut into a tailored bustier and shorts set. Their signature patchwork and appliqué details appeared throughout, notably on an oversize black leather jacket and the back of shorts. Found metal pieces were reworked into a jewelry collaboration with the artist Georgina Trevino, but Davis noted there was less upcycling overall because they wanted to create clothing that more people can have access to.
Community is fundamental to the designers’ vision, so there was a push-pull of staying true to their roots while scaling for an audience outside of their circle. Their time off served them well, as the collection felt more polished than seasons past. While there is no way of predicting what’s coming, No Sesso’s future in the fashion world is looking good.