COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK
An urban aesthetic coupled with a yearning to dispel the idea of the quintessential man came to define the Amazon wilderness that Asger Juel Larsen has created for his Spring/Summer 2016 presentation at Copenhagen Fashion Week. A multitude of jungle prints in palm green and burnt orange helped to expand on the idea that this environment isn’t always the tamest place, rooting further into the notion that it’s the perfect place to discover and explore.
The law of scarcity begets a pure hunger for more. This behavior is surly, and seductive. So if you’re slightly offended, then this is exactly what Barbara I Gongini’s strived to deliver in their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Wide-legged pantsuits, tailored jackets and unexpected leather straps sit atop oversized t-shirts and shredded fabrics that never, ever apologize for their flaws.
Comfortably jettisoned onto a warm cloud of unparalleled femininity is exactly how Freya Dalsjotransported us into her Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Known for her outstanding use of colored patterns, the designer subdued her bold palette this season by letting the shapes and silhouettes speak for themselves. The collections’ succinct use of calm colors in burnt umber, beige, white and soft pinks accompanied by chunky zippers and 60s style circle chain belts reminds us all that each era has it’s own vision of space-age travel sensuality.
For his Spring/Summer 2016 presentation during Copenhagen Fashion Week, Henrik Vibskovcreated a phantasmagoric world where everyone wore Neapolitan patent leather oxfords, striped in mustard yellow, white and black. And since he’s known for his absurdist installations, it was of no surprise when the Danish designer included 2-dimensional wool hats, which were accented with perforated hardware attachments.
Inspired takes on classic shapes come to define the understated and ingenious presentation Baum und Pferdgarten offered at Copenhagen Fashion Week for their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Fluid silks and lightweight chiffons were paired with sharp stripes and striking graphics to create a modern day take on classic art. Bold patterns balanced sweetly with Victorian inspired details, namely exaggerated turtlenecks and corset style lacing.
AUGUST 3, 2015
Born in Nagano and living in Tokyo, Tomoaki Okaniwa studied fine art and oil-painting at Tokyo Zoukei University. However, he wanted more: Okaniwa wanted to create something that could connect people on the street rather than just simply hanging on a wall in a gallery. Thus, the Viridi-Anne came to life in the year 2000. A comfortable mix of artistic roots with sensibility based around a dark sophisticated color palette, The Viridi-Anne’s Spring/Summer 2016 lookbook is truly monochromatic. Entitled, “Ashes To,” it sets the tone for a mysterious backdrop where in the end, we are stripped of everything and left with the clothes.
In New York City, where everyone is bustling to get from one place to another, it isn’t uncommon for people to overlook the simple elements that exist there. But, Danica Zheng proved that it’s possible to find beauty and inspiration “from unexpected places.” After spending two years as a design and public relations intern, the Parsons graduate launched her own fashion label, Pamplemousse, this past May 2015. Since she was 12-years-old, Zheng has been interested in art and art history, which “served as an important influence” in her work as a fashion designer. Zheng’s background in both art as well as architecture might explain why her Resort 2016 collection is all about detailing.
AUGUST 4, 2015
Reinvention, perception, self evaluation: these are the themes Christian L’ Enfant Roi utilizes when designing collections. Based in Montreal, the menswear label founded in 2010 by Christian Deslauriers aims to create simple and sober, yet timeless and indispensable, pieces. Deslauriers brings to the brand heavy inspiration, not only from his hometown of Montreal, but also the minimalistic designs found in Eastern European countries. Functionality drives the dressing sense of these cultures as it does the looks of Deslauriers’ brand. The Spring/Summer 2016 collection presents natural colors, an idea only fitting for designs seemingly inspired by the traditional uniforms of young Boy Scouts – some outfits complete with trademark neckerchiefs.
Li Wenjun gives Deux Hommes insight to her new collection W by Wen Jun, from her own personal inspiration to the direction of the collection. Jun’s vision for W by Wen Jun derives from her desire to surprise within the fashion industry, and also to stimulate curiosity within Chinese culture and design.
AUGUST 5, 2015
What lies behind the power of Scottacus Anthonys’ drawing quill is his ability to brave the subconscious layers of historic narratives, combined with print engineering, and a severe penchant for bold, impending colors. While serving under the tutelage of [Alexander] McQueen as an intern during his B.A. studies, Scottacus began filling up his own design arsenal with ways to build on top of already established elements of pattern cutting. It is here, and through painstaking bravery and valorous maneuvers, that the designer discovered stories in the form of sartorial, temporal and imaginary designs.
With great relief, Spain has woken up and opened its arms to those hungry and huddled masses who crave emerging, jaw dropping and handcrafted shoes that are prime for the 21st century. Born in 2014, Magro Cardona decided they were the right ones for the job. The design duo made it their sole mission to rescue the craftsmanship and tradition of “made in Spain” by giving their creations an androgynous, minimal edge, all produced sustainably right in the heart of Alicante and Toledo. Their current collection gives multiples movements of angular, sleek and dare we say, elegantly rude miasmas of masculine meets garconne girl to asymmetrical triangular waves.
AUGUST 6, 2015
AUGUST 7, 2015
Los Angeles based Chapter and Japanese brand Monkey Time of United Arrows have teamed up to create a limited edition capsule collection for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season. A collaboration that is both sleek, creative and inspired, this collection features everything from classic white button downs sans lapel with extra-large pockets to new takes on classic denim.
AUGUST 8, 2015