In New York, everything goes by in a heartbeat. Even during events like NYFW, the chaos follows you everywhere you go. You name it: rushed pedestrians, agitated taxi drivers, packed front row, flickering camera flashes, etc.

Amidst all the storm, the one fashion show that stood out in my mind - and still does - is Barragán's S/S 2017 presentation at The Standard. Despite being billed as one of the "smaller" fashion shows in the eyes of the New York fashion hierarchy, Barragán's is purely the calm that settles down a storm.

As the designer of his namesake label, Barragán, Victor Barragán is a revolutionary character that's stirring the pot in the fashion industry. Instead of booking models from established agencies, Barragán discovers his models through Instagram.

Last February, he broadcasted his A/W 2016 fashion show on a live porn site. Although Barragán may not be a punk rock musician, he is purely punk rock in spirit. Thanks to his revolutionary antics, it's no secret that America's #1 style bible hailed him as one of the "New Guards" to watch for.

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You were born and raised in Mexico, then you decided to move to New York to pursue a career in fashion. What was it like when you first moved to New York and how did that move affect your creativity as a designer?

After I moved and started settling down in a new country and city, I was affected for so many different reasons - a cultural shock that is in NYC as a full inspiration. My first presentation was here in NYC before we changed the name [YTINIFNI] to my last name. The art direction was different now; the brand is more personal.

Based on your designs, the most dominant features include asymmetry, deconstruction, juxtaposition and cutouts. For instance, you had a bi-colored iridescent tank top/dress that you featured on your S/S 2017 show and a fur coat/moto jacket hybrid for A/W 2016. What aspect of life does the element of duality represent in your designs?

Juxtaposition of culture, fabrics, inspiration is a theme that really inspires me to mix something different to create a new element.

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Critics have said that your clothes are very driven by the late '90s and early '00s as evidenced by the hoop earrings, minimalistic silhouettes and pop culture references. Is there an intention to represent yourself as someone who has a high sentiment to those decades?

The ideas and inspiration of that era come from my childhood consuming American TV, music, culture, etc and mixing with the Mexican too. I keep it really present these days - it's a nostalgic feeling that I enjoy.

Apart from your designs, I see that you are heavily interested in pop culture. However, you have a very comical twist that pokes fun of TV shows (e.g. Friends), bands (e.g. Metallica and *NSYNC) and celebrities (e.g. Leonardo Di Caprio). What is your relationship to pop culture like and how do you relate yourself to it?

In some way, it's impossible to escape this culture; it's everywhere. I change the context and references that we consume without notice, creating synapses in our head all the time.

Second to pop culture, food happens to be a frequent theme in your work. You feature a drawing of a salmon on a shirt, stuffed a vinyl top with mushrooms and designed a necklace with banana peels. Is there a certain motif that food represents?

Incorporate any organic element in the wardrobe or in the moldboard creating a fashion that's less obvious and more humorous. It changes the context of the clothes and any organic element that could play the same function.

What I admire about you is the fact that you are willing to revolutionize the fashion industry's conservative attitude towards gender and sexuality. You cast trans models from Instagram at your fashion shows and at one point, you broadcasted your A/W 2016 show via a sex webcam site Cam4. Why have you chosen to express your opinions on gender and sexuality via fashion?

I feel fashion is a moment to feel free about diversity - not only sexual but... I care so much about the ethnic diversity in our show. I'm trying to push a context where any human can be part of this. This is the best way to express what you feel.

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Now that you've been noticed by Vogue as one of the "New Guards" of fashion, what goals have you achieved to earn this title?

Our way to show the garments and the concept around each season is being our stronger way to the audience so that they can recognize our work in our visual diary.

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