NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Monochrome’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection was a compilation of genderless pieces whose focus was on futuristic tailoring and warping streetwear staples with utilitarian forms. The design duo, Anya Kamarek, and Hektor Kowalski, have created their own brand of soldiers.
Hong Bum Kim, the mastermind behind Korean label Cres E. Dim, shot himself out of a cannon this season, so to speak. For his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Kim took to the circus for his source of inspiration, creating large graphics of unicycles, lions, popcorn buckets and the-oh-so-cute ball balancing seals in an appropriate scheme of vibrant colors.
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Rising modeling star Chen Lin divulges her secret makeup tips through Deux Hommes beauty mad libs.
Whether it’s unequal pay, fighting for the right to vote or getting a foot up the corporate ladder, for centuries now, society has preached that, “it’s a man’s world.” During a time of gender fluidity, where unisex dressing reigns supreme, Chou Yun Ting, with her graduate collection from Taiwan’s Shih Chien University, is evening the score.
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
Vague and mysterious with an earnest demeanor may be Lee Suk Tae’s M.O., however his commanding and sensually feminine collection of womenswear for label KAAL.E.SUKTAE. oozes a notion nothing short of progressive. Regarded as one of Korea’s preeminent designers, Tae was educated by fashion’s elite before carving out a niche all his own during a time when K-Fashion was still as unknown a term as “Facebook”. It is through this exclusive interview that we get a look inside his cerebral mind and the sanctified visions he not only built his label from but also exorbitantly lives his life by.
Truly the epitome of the Spring season, Marina Hoermanseder’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection was an absolute delight. Making waves since her debut in 2014 with her orthopedic inspirations, the Central Saint Martins graduate continues with the tradition from previous seasons; her proclivity for leather still omnipresent. With a candy-colored palette though, any sense of fetishism or deviance is masked by the sweet and feminine. Sprays of leather flowers were wet-molded by hand. With over 8,000 of them blossoming across bustiers, coats and an editorial-worthy bell shaped skirt, they were undoubtedly the most memorable part of the collection.
NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Shot by Patrick Lacsina, Armure explores the exploitations of a sophisticated man.
Jay Jinhee Moon, a recent graduate from the London College of Fashion and winner of “Best Directional Use of Color and Textile Award” from the LCF 2014 Press Show, incorporates London’s art scene into her latest collection presented for Paris Fashion Week. Moon’s use of lively geometric design and attention to detail featured in loose trousers and skater dresses created a playful aesthetic and transformed high-waist skirts and cropped sweaters into relaxed coordinates ideal for office and leisure.
NOVEMBER 6, 2015
As we head for those darker days, nipping into the fall winds and seeking refuge indoors, what better time to look back at the balmy Nordic summer. We recall those light filled days that brought many notably moments — ones that struck new art collaborations and fostered an array of lightweight tactile collections on the Copenhagen and Stockholm runways. Think understatement, restraint and often a lot of repetition. The stage could not have been more perfectly set for someone to truly shake things up. However, nothing could have prepared us for what happened next.
Los Angeles-based label Alexandrino brands itself as being inspired by designer Rayza Garcia Carvalho’s Brazilian heritage, where her grandmother’s couture workshop of the past sparked the handcrafted, detailed designs of today. Since its launch in 2013, Carvalho has taken Alexandrino in two different directions: the Ready-To-Wear collection, which redefines a classic appeal with an effortless edge, and the Artwear collection, which provides leather as a canvas for artists to design wearable pieces. Carvalho’s burgeoning legacy seems to be molding itself around the latter, however its distinguished craftsmanship of the RTW has been translated to sleek and versatile with an instant, classic touch.
NOVEMBER 7, 2015
Korean-born, London-based designer Rejina Pyo continues to blur the lines between wearable garments and creative art. With her signature idiosyncratic mood infused in each of her pieces, Pyo’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection is light, bold and deliciously experimental.