Returning to my home away from home soon. And with home I mean New York City. The city I used to live in and will never be forget. That’s why I had to bring some New York flavor to this blog.
ECKHAUS LATTA is a New York based fashion label designed and executed by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta. The two met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where they studied Sculpture and Textile Design, respectively. After graduating (BFA 2010), they designed and worked with many labels, artists and institutions including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Matthew Barney, Opening Ceremony, The Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and threeASFOUR. Together in 2011, Mike and Zoe founded ECKHAUS LATTA.
The Designers release collections semi-annually during NYFW. In addition to their shows and presentations, Eckhaus Latta produces videos with the director Alexa Karolinski to further contextualize their collections. The brand has also participated in various artists collaborations including: designing uniforms for Dora Budor’s piece at the 55th Venice Biennale, an edition of Deodorant with the trend-forecasting agency K-HOLE supported by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Gallery in Berlin, a collection for Bjarne Melgaard’s show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and outfits for Xavier Cha’s Fruit Machine at the New Museum. This past summer their work was included in the Museum of Art and Design’s NYC Makers Biennial and they will be premiering their SS15 collection video at MOCA in January.
Luxury knitwear label Leutton Postle is comprised of long‐time friends and collaborators Sam Leutton and Jenny Postle. The pair met at Central Saint Martins in 2005 on their BA.
On completion of her studies, Stockport native Sam worked in knitwear innovation in Shanghai before returning to London to work as an independent designer. Jenny was raised in the Wolverhampton before moving to London to study at Central Saint Martins. Her MA collection was bought by leading boutique Browns Focus and has garnered universal praise from the international fashion press. This prompted her to join forces with Sam to form Leutton Postle in 2011.
Leutton Postle draws on a range of influences to create wearable, craft-led collections that are unlimited by trends. Their design approach freely embraces colour, unusual surface texture and rich pattern to create beautifully offbeat knits for women. Leutton Postle represents a labour of love and a shared creative vision that can be seen in the extraordinary attention to detail in each garment.
My stalking skills reached another level when I found out about Mario VijackicAW15 on Instagram. Wait… let me put this straight: Actually I didn’t stalk anyone, but the campaign pictures showed up on pictures that people you follow liked. So I am dedicating this post to Instagram, because otherwise this post would never happen.
However let’s talk about the important stuff: Inspired by minimal paintings, especially by Jan Schoonhoven, the young Croatian Fashion Designer Mario Vijackic presents his news AW15 collection. His acromatic, textured paintings, sterile with hard edge cuts were mostly made with the multiplication of one basic element. In addition to the minimalist Schoonhoven, the designer explored the Icelandic ice caves and phenomenon of global warming.
Sculptural approach in design, over-sized silouette, high-tech fabrics, mash and other polymers combined with wool and cotton knitwear, interesting new garment construction solutions, the mixture of roughly shaped and and plastic forms with feminine cuts and cold, almost acromatic colours with a touch of a hidden sex-appeal are one of the main characteristics of a designers collection.
Mario Vijackic takes us, on his own way, on a certain trip to the future; with an obvious futuristic impression designer created clothes for a person that is daring and open for the technological development of a human civilisation.
With a touch of criticism designer shows off the problematic of global warming, with a touch of clinical and sterile aesthetics, interesting headpieces with vizors and the presentation of a collection, designer in a sophisticated way brings the collection as the coherent and compact piece. Unusual height of Maja Matkovic, sophisticated and calm impression of Jelena Matas were the perfect fit in a designers vision of a contemporary woman. Pictures via Mario Vijackic Photographer & Retoucher: Srecko Rundic, Designer: Mario Vijackic, Models: Maja Matkovic @ Midikenn Models Management & Jelena Matas @ Talia Models, Makeup: Petra Sever, Hair: Nada Orsag, Assistants: Adam Llewellin & Marta Eva Jurin
SHOOP was founded in 2011. Street culture and music are the inspirations for the patterns, prints, graphics and fabrics. Itʼ s sportswear with an urban and sophisticated edge. Ghetto chic at its best! Sweatshirts, shirts and tracksuits are the basic pieces of the collection, grouped by different themes or patterns. Unisex clothing, simple patterns, easily adaptable to all bodies, fabrics that can be worn by men and women.
SHOOP is linked to music and collaborates with DJs such as Hoodboi, Donky Pitch, Falcons, Joseph Marinetti, RLP, Yukibeb, Broken Haze,Ta-ku, Jay Scarlett, Yyioy, Lucid, Slick Shoota, Egyptian Maraccas creating podcasts and spreading SHOOPʼs concept. The R&B singer and rapper, Drake has performed several times with SHOOPʼ s items which were custom made specially for him.
The internet is the place to be. Has been for years now, still is and probably will be forever and ever. And I am kinda sad to say this, but everything happens on the internet first, before it’s in Vogue or in the streets. Why? Because the internet is the shit. And Raun LaRose already knows, that’s probably why his SS15 collection is named “Because of the internet”.
He explains: “The internet allows us to indulge every aspect of our personality. We are constantly exposed to new ideas, conversations and people. It allows us to create identites and indulge in both ends of the spectrum all at once. Attuned to what is good about it, what is bad, simply how IT IS. We ARE in this moment.”
He continues: “A sense of isolation is channeled into the deconstruction of unfamiliar cuts and shapes, while unity channeled more familiar colors and silhouettes. The freedom and warmth of constant communication translated into more relaxed silhouettes. Experimenting with denim and canvas screen-printing for the first time represented my thought on consumption.” And I absolutely adore this collection. Pictures via Raun LaRose
Typical Freaks was created by design duo Seun Ade-Onojobi, a Central Saint Martins graduate, and Sonia Xiao, a London College of Fashion graduate, who merged their creativity together to create a unique collection. The brand produce everything in the Uk and the garments are hand painted.
And I remember where I have seen this brand for the first time: It was actually on ASOS Marketplace, where they sold a couple of dope fashion pieces for females. Started from the bottom now you guys here…
Their debut collection for AW15 has taken inspiration from an alternative play on dog pageants. Drawing initial inspiration from famous streakers such as the infamous Erika Roe from the 1970’s as a starting point. To counterbalance a seemingly conservative and reserved outward appearance the Typical Freaks designers explored themes throughout this collection such as exhibitionism, anarchy and nudity.