"Natural forms and curves are applicable to human architectures," says bag artist Konstantin Kofta, who incorporates ornate baroque architecture in his line of backpacks, totes, and clutches. The Ukrainian designer 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.Read More
Showing his most recent collection, Foundation, during Colombiamoda in Medellín, Miguel Moyano based his knitted creations on the recent earthquake in neighboring Ecuador. The natural disaster touched him personally as his parents live in the town of Atacames. Since the quake and its aftershocks, their lives have changed drastically.
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.Read More
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.