Here some impressions from the Belstaff AW15/16 presentation ‘The Pursuit Of Freedom’, designed by Delphine Ninous, the new Vice President of Womens Design. A stunning affair of elevating Belstaff key staple pieces such as biker jackets and masculine motor-cross gear into a new, more feminine and luxurious territory. A play of textures, layers of oversize and mini and contrasts of masculine versus feminine are key to this collection, which makes me excited to see more of Belstaff. Congratulations!
Imagine Britain in its late 70’s, a dark time where Northern towns were suffering under the collapse of slowly decaying factories, unemployment and a general feeling of flux. Punk music and its angry overtones, yet it was the super-futuristic synth music that really defined the cultural landscape of the time. In 1975 Kraftwerk played their first gig in the UK in Liverpool and not only the music, also their sharply cut clothes did inspire Ronnie Junior McDonald and Christian Lippich for their Tiger Of Sweden AW 2015 Mens collection. Sharp suits, high waisted trousers with tappered and often shortened lengths, plays with grids and checks and hints of colours produced by graphic equalizers taking it all perfectly off balance. All you need to imagine now is a fabulous soundtrack including Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and the Normal and you can literally see the Tiger boys marching down that catwalk.
Inspired by the dark, difficult poetry of PJ Harvey’s music, Spring Summer 15 is taking us through a journey of contemplation and transformation, as feelings of anxiety to euphoria are channeled into experimentation in shape in colour. The dark and sinister Black, the light denim Blue uses a meditative calmness while the bright and bold chiffon break it up light heartedly.
Congratulations Marta and Paulo to a mesmerising collection!
Here some impressions from the mesmerising Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 15 show at the British Museum. An impressive show venue to start with, complemented by beautiful classic music by Jean Noel and Chantal Young. The collection a simple, beautiful and feminine affair full of crisp cottons, patent and embellished embroideries and hints of metallic.
Another sunny day at London Fashion Week and to top it all off, Markus Lupfer is taking us with his fabulous SS15 Presentation to the beach. A vintage VW bus, some surfboards, a beach shack and just all the perfect outfits to start dreaming about good times and vibes. Markus has focused this season on new textures and materials, with a bright iridescent foil being its star. Sun glasses, in collaboration with Linda Farrow, are a new addition to the Markus Lupfer collection.
Markus you can take me to the beach any time!
Here some impressions of ECCO Leather’s dream factory at the Bread & Butter fair in Tempelhof. A leather heaven where some lucky visitors were able to create their own dream bag and have it evolve in front of them. I was able to watch the process of my bright green clutch evolve infront of me; from cutting by Leather Designer Anke and Makis, stitching by Paula and then Pauline adding the press studs. Panos, the CEO of ECCO Leather always in the middle of it doing his magic. Also part of the Open Circle Lab: creative collaborators Marisa and Callum from Method Studio. Progressive Leather craftsmanship at an arms length!
Have a look at ECCO Leathers website here.
One of my favourite shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was again Vladimir Karaleev. For SS15 Vladimir plays with a sport luxe feel, crafted elements and juxtaposition of proportions all executed in a beautiful and fresh colour palette of Burgundy, Pinks, hints of neon Orange and Yellow. The outdoor setting in the beautiful garden of the Kronprinzenpalais was just perfect on a hot summer Berlin evening too. Congratulations Vladimir!
Have a look at Vladimir Karaleev’s AW14/15 collection here.
During this years ‘Start Your Fashion Business’ award at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, last years winner Bobby Kolade also showed his most recent collection. Here some photographs from his inspired, beautiful cut and just lovely show. Congratulations Bobby for constantly evolving and staying true to yourself and also to Tim Labenda who won this years award!