Longevity and wearability are the words embodied in not only Kas Kryst’s brilliant work but also brand philosophy. Distinctively modern and unapologetically monochrome, her designs will strike a chord with urbanites far beyond her native Poland. Her clothes quietly hint at the gender fluidity associated with much contemporary fashion, yet avoid radical statements in favor of an understated versatility. Rather than on seasonal trends, Kryst relies on strong staples and unusual texture combinations to create deceivingly simple pieces, mixing an urban edge with sartorial savoir faire.
For her Spring Summer 2015 collection, Kryst merges the functionality of sportswear with the formality of classic tailoring, fusing relaxed silhouettes with traditional sartorial elements. Thus, oversized shirts and dresses, featuring exaggerated collars reminiscent of the Edwardian era, are born out of the encounter between cotton and silk, velvet, or wool, whereas traditional coats are reinterpreted in technical fabrics. Soft transparencies balance the hard edge while cutout shoulders add a whimsical touch. Layers of black and white in various combinations create an intriguing dynamic, an edgy, functional easiness the designer has become known for.
With a collection that, once again, proves Poland is able to project an aesthetic that resonates with a global audience, Kryst is claiming a spot for the country’s designers on the international fashion map.