House of the Very Island's

The Label That Dare Not, or Cannot, Speak Its Name

Based in Austria and wielding the longest name in fashion, House of the Very Island's Royal Club Division Middlesex Klassenkampf, But the Question Is: Where Are U, Now? has a lot of explaining to do.

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Jun 07, 2016 13:21:00

Going for Baroque

"Natural forms and curves are applicable to human architectures," says bag designer Konstantin Kofta, who's incorporated ornate baroque architecture — replicating actual chunks of the stuff — in his spring collection of backpacks, tote, and clutches.

The Slovenian designer has revived the columns, busts, and other decoration of the dramatic period for spring and fall 2016, transferring them to sculpted leather — much like his unconventional recreations of skin, bones, and tar of seasons past.

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Dec 23, 2015 14:10:00
Private Policy

Private Policy Is Ready for Public Consumption

Private Policy is the brainchild of Haoran Li and Siying Qu, a concept-driven unisex label that pushes the parameters of fashion — a synthesis between the disparate realms of high fashion, costume, and streetwear. Their spritely cross-breeding has been compared to vintage Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe, as well as Nick Cave's shaggy soundsuits, for their philosophically tinged narratives and surreal expressions.

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May 05, 2016 19:08:00
Wataru Tominaga

Wataru Tominaga Wins Hyères

In more evidence that minimalism won't be returning to men's fashion any time soon, Wataru Tominaga has won the grand prize at the 31st annual Hyères International Festival in the south of France. Envisioned for emerging designers, the title has previously been awarded to Anthony Vaccarello (now the designer of Yves Saint Laurent, following Hedi Slimane's departure) and Viktor & Rolf.

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Apr 25, 2016 13:38:00
By the Number

When Fashion Goes Dancing

There once was a very avant Swedish label known as Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, designed by Astrid Olsson and Lee Cotter. Sadly, the label is no more, but the duo have morphed their talents into a new project, By The Number, which partners with a different collaborator each season. The collaborator for spring 2016 is Kenneth Kvarnström, one of Scandinavia's foremost choreographers in contemporary dance, and the collection was presented as a dance performance at Nordiska Kompaniet in late August during Stockholm Fashion Week.

Their first contact was a few years ago when Kvarnström sought costumes for one of his performances. Good thing the two are former dancers and have always had the moving body in mind when designing. They also have the same references as Kvarnström when it comes to shapes, materials and images, which they say made this collaboration a very natural process.

 

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Sep 03, 2015 18:10:00
Khourianbeer

Here's Your Leather Forecast

As you might expect from a Spanish designer, Sebastian Khourianbeer is a master leather craftsman. He deftly manipulates the material in bold, innovative ways, creating surprisingly tailored pieces, as well as curiously shaped bags. He'll often work with a single panel of leather, or knit, resulting in an oversized silhouette that, through folding and stitching, is brought down to size. 

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Aug 22, 2015 21:32:00
Kermit Tesuro

The Fancy Footwear of Kermit Tesuro

If we know Hintsters, and we just might, we think you're going to fancy the fancy footwear of Filipino shoe designer Kermit Tesuro. Even before the obligatory Lady Gaga strutted around in his cuckoo confections, the Central Saint Martins' grad was getting plenty of avant-attention. The next time you see electric-blue tentacles encircling someone's ankles, or chunks of black plastic melting around their feet, don't be alarmed — it's only Kermit using his imagination.

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Aug 11, 2015 20:53:00
Dzhus, fall 2015

Meet the Ukrainian Designer Pushing Boundaries of Her Own

Though not in the mainstream news much anymore, Ukraine is still embroiled in a border dispute with its neighbor to the north. But at least one designer of the avant sort, Irina Dzhus, is pushing boundaries of her own. Who needs the mainstream anyway?

Despite the austere nature of her Dzhus label, launched in 2010, there's something familiar and refreshing about its conceptual attitude. "It's inspired by things at the edge of perception," she says, "from spiritual strongholds to abandoned industrial zones."

For her fall 2015 collection, called Totalitarium, Dzhul took her cues from the authoritarian regimes of the early 20th century, particularly their working-class propaganda and stoic monuments. The silhouettes are both historical and modern, while the rare detail, like geometrical pleats, interpret architectural elements of Constructivism. All the pieces are made of authentic worker cottons and wools in a strict grayscale palette.

But that's where similarities to brutal dictators ends because Dzhus is a vegetarian-friendly brand where all products are made of violence-free materials.

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Jul 21, 2015 19:01:00
Craig Green, photo by Karl Anderson

The House that Craig Green Built

Craig Green, the young London designer who constructs men's pieces out of wood pallets and cardboard, is building his house on solid foundation, as he explains to The Talks...

Mr. Green, do you take it as a compliment when a tabloid like the Daily Mail makes fun of your work?
(Laughs.) I think that season there were three labels that got ridiculed by the Daily Mail. It was me, Sibling, and J.W. Anderson. And it was all “weird” and people were really ripping into [us] and the comments from the general public underneath… It was quite funny. It became this badge of honor. After that, people were trying to get into the Daily Mail. The next collection I did, I was like, “Shit, it wasn’t weird enough! They didn’t even comment on it!”

What was your initial reaction when your first collection was ridiculed by one of the biggest newspapers in the UK?
I was a bit like, “Oh God, it’s a joke. Everyone thinks it’s shit.” I'd just done my first show, I had no money and I'd done this big push, I thought maybe I should be doing something else with my life. People had made mockups on TV, like on The Jonathan Ross Show, and then the Daily Mail made a fake one and went around London trying to get into places with a big piece of wood on their face. It was the first collection I’d ever made outside of university, I got friends to help, my family was helping, it was very communal, and those people made me realize that it was good to split opinions. That means that it was a challenging thing for people, it made people discuss something. So it was a good thing in hindsight.


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Jul 02, 2015 10:48:00

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