AUGUST 10, 2015
Oneness is an idea and an experience that has a deeper meaning — in particular, it has played a great role in our collective consciousness. This unified field, or rather, the Universe, is responsible for ‘oneness’ taking center stage in all major religions, spiritual aspects and the wisdom of tradition. Oneness allows us to experience true freedom as well as love. And, this deep topic makes it’s way into the cloth that we wear on our backs in what is NOT a trend, but rather a movement that is slowly making it’s way to the mainstream. Welcome to the rise of unisex fashion.
There is something remotely captivating about Belgrade-born and based Jovana Markovic’s collections. Through the intricately carved mesh patterns and the meticulously cut silk and poplin fabrics, this newly launched designer is able to delicately tap the femininity in even the most tomboyish of women. Since launching her label, Markovic has gained increasing recognition, receiving the 2012 Elle Fashion Award, landing numerous magazine features and making regular presentations at Belgrade Fashion Week.
AUGUST 11, 2015
Chinese born and bred designer Sean Suen first emerged in the world of fashion in 2012 with a self-named label and gift for producing eye pleasing aesthetics. Originally focusing on the arts of painting and graphic design, the highly creative menswear designer skillfully developed his talent before finally settling on fashion design. For Spring/Summer 2016, entitled “Journey to the West,” Suen aptly conveyed his inspiration for the collection, trying to merge the tried and true designs of European suits with the time-honored traditions of a Chinese wardrobe.
Two decades ago, Larry Clark directed a film called “Kids,” which follows a group of sexually active New York City teenagers in the height of the 1990s’ AIDS epidemic who waste away their summer abusing drugs and alcohol and breaking rules. The kids — Telly, Casper, Paul, Ruby and Jennie — were the types that your parents most likely warned you to stay away from. Rather, fashion designer Stefanie Biggel took their carefree lifestyle and the grunge subculture that ran rampantly in the decade previous, and turned this inspiration into an Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.
AUGUST 12, 2015
There is always something particularly raw when it comes to the artifacts of Bulgarian label Minoar. Considering that their brand philosophy is dedicated to the unknown outcomes that emerge from processes of creation, this does come as little surprise. Minoar defines itself as tamed chaos moving in one specific direction. Basic elements which contribute to the conditions of genesis mold its ever-changing collections, such as in the phenomena of “The Butterfly Effect” [Autumn/Winter 2015 collection], held together by a distinctive aesthetic: darker wares become touched by a rudimentary lightness and sculpted by that particular emphasis on the process. Each element in each creation holds its own purpose — an idea which is particularly potent in the label’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
In Part I of this two-part interview, Charles Warren gives Deux Hommes a look into his past and what has created his entrepreneurial and design driven spirit. Originally interested in product design, we learn how his thought processes veered more towards creative design in fashion and how his unconventional internship path, including time with the makeup legend Path McGrath, prepared him for success.
In Part II of the interview with Charles Warren, Deux Hommes digs deeper to find out how his small private client business slowly transformed into a global brand as well as the struggles he now faces with this growth.
AUGUST 13, 2015
The Comfort In Chaos editorial was shot by Patrick Lacsina with models Mikhael Ayoub & Sam Visser (RE:QUEST) in Nativ NY clothing.
Phoebe English has always held a sort of love affair with gossamer, but it has never quite blossomed as liberally as it did for her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. Since the launch of her eponymous line back in 2011 — the same year she graduated from Central Saint Martins – her sheer textiles have played against a signature of abstract but wearable delicacies, which hold not only a lingering darkness, but a clear sense of labored construction as well. To English, construction overrules decoration. Diaphanous confections claimed the spotlight this season, shedding light on a particular rawness that bordered on ethereal.
AUGUST 14, 2015
With an evident transition from the traditional to the contemporary in a country where master tailors and craftsmanship reigns supreme, Milan-based designer Lucio Vanotti emerges as one of the leaders of this movement without letting the unconventional deter him. The Istituto Marangoni graduate designs with nothing more than the essentials in mind. An aversion to the unnecessary, Vanotti has created an eponymous label that embodies his values and expresses his desire for the efficient and mathematical. For his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Vanotti takes us on a journey to the Far East and into the house of the rising sun to observe his latest quintessential concept.
Womenswear designer Satu Maaranen grew up in Helsinki, a city where everything revolves around art and creativity. While perusing the collection, it is impossible to separate art from fashion. Maaranen seamlessly blurs the line between the two subjects with her textile creations of grand proportion and free flowing nature, creating a firm belief that it cannot be pigeonholed in its classification.
AUGUST 15, 2015
Shot by photographer Daniel Korzewa with Model.com Hot List model Kasia Jujeczka, this editorial features fashion from Charles Warren, Claudia Li, Haus Alkire and Daniele Michetti Autumn/Winter 2015 collections.
Get to know the womenswear designer behind Issue 2’s Fierce Contemplation editorial.