3. Paradis SS16

Established in 2012, 3.PARADIS is an innovative and trendsetting luxury ready-to-wear brand founded by designers Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung. Long-time friends, Emeric and Ray come from two different corners of the world (Paris and Hong Kong) with a common artistic vision and dream of uniting and embracing all cultures and differences. They are the authentic innovators and visionaries that bring about the magic behind the brand, the vision and creativity. The designers constantly manage to improve themselves and take it to another level. There is nothing left than to be a huge fan.
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Not only is the silver jacket in the picture above the shit, but 3. Paradis SS16 collection “Post Dystopia” has a colour range that is right up my alley. But dig deeper to really understand the concept of Post Dsystopia:
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A dystopia is an imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening.It is literally translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia. Such societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in a future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science and technology, which if unaddressed could potentially lead to such a dystopia-like condition.
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In this day and age, technology as a force is taking over the world, and taking away freedom at the same time. Our technology dictates that we live this way. Furthermore, we cannot separate the good parts of technology from the bad parts. They developed together. The heart of the problem is a dysfunctional society and a bad human behavior. We are all children with no limits, in a world where we leave our room messy. We get the latest over-hyped toy, only to throw it in the corner after a few minutes and whine for another toy. So what do we do?
Revolutions have been tried in the past, and they have had two goals – to destroy and existing system, and to form a new one. The first goal has always been easier to meet than the second. In our current situation, the second goal is nature. Nature makes a perfect counter-ideal to technology for several reasons. It is the opposite of technology. Nature takes care of itself; it is a spontaneous creation that existed long before any human society. Since the Industrial Revolution, the effect of human society on nature has become really devastating and it will take a very long time for the scars to heal.
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And I totally get it. Because humans, instead of connecting to nature, are disconnecting from it. The concept made me realize again how fucked up the world actually is.
However the idea of dystopia is very well translated into the lookbook. And the more I look at the fashion pieces the more I want them to be a part of my wardrobe. It’s always a pleasure to write a post about their new collection.

Pictures via 3. Paradis 

Xander Zhou SS16

All good things must come to an end. And so does LCM SS16. And this end was pretty good with a fashion show by Xander Zhou.

I have been a huge fan of his since his FW13 show, where I learned that everything is “wicked” and that “boys will be boys“. Xander Zhou studied Industrial Design in China and Fashion Design in the Netherlands. He established his label in 2007 and is based in Beijing. And for me coming where I come from and being able to sit (ok let’s be honest: stand) in one of the shows, that you usually just see pictures of, is so surreal. And I wish the pics below could show you what I have seen and let you feel what I felt, but seriously I just failed. However you still have to take a look.

To put this LCM ending in words of  Xander: “I always believe that the best is yet to come.”
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KTZ Spring/Summer 16

When each piece of a collection is a 10/10 then you know it’s a KTZ collection. And I still don’t get how every single look can turn out to be pure perfection. Season after season after season. Like there is not one weak look at all in this SS16 collection. NOT ONE WEAK LOOK! They don’t have no award for that.

Conceived in 2003, KTZ is a contemporary London-based fashion label under the creative direction of Marjan Pejoski and management of Sasko Bezovski. The label designs men’s and women’s ready-to-wear clothing with couture detailing known for its raw energy and contemporary urban edge, but also for embracing ethnographic references and multiculturalism.

KTZ made my LCM SS16 and I am thankful for being able to witness this collection:
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Casely-Hayford LCM

Casely-Hayford‘s SS16 collection during LCM proved to me again that the fashion business is such a small world. Like for example the models: you see them from season to season, from one city to another, to a point where you feel like you really know the models, because you literally see them during a show, on a magazine cover, at the after party, a blog, here and there. And this is what happens with so many people and I wonder if they think the same about me (probably they don’t and 0 fux are given).
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However let’s focus on the fashion again. The Casely-Hayford ethos represents a unique expression of freedom created when conformity threatens identity, or convention restricts spontaneity; the brand fuses this expression of the free spirit with the very particular gestures of English sartorialism. The House aims to distil a multitude of ideas into a simple pure entity: innovation through tradition. And that’s what they also did with SS16.
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Joe Casely-Hayford OBE has a career which reflects the progress of menswear. Early in his career Joe dressed the Clash and U2 whilst simultaneously working on his eponymous brand for men and women – showing on the runways of Paris, Tokyo and London. More recently, taking on the role of Creative Director of Gieves & Hawkes, Joe contributed to the re-positioning of the 200 year Old Savile Row house, known for dressing members of the establishment. Before studying at Saint Martin’s, Charlie apprenticed in his father’s studio from a young age, learning design, menswear history and technical skills. He began to work in fashion from the age of 21, having styled musicians ranging from the UK’s XX to American hip-hop artist Nas. The brand now has as international following that ranges from musicians Mos Def and Drake to actors Robert Downey Jnr and Michael Fassbender. Sold in exclusive boutiques around the world, the Casely-Hayford House is undeniably forging a new handwriting of modern English style.
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Kim Shui

Real Talk: if you haven’t heard about designer Kim Shui yet, you definitely did something wrong in your life. And in your case I would do some major thinking about priorities and what’s important in life (just kidding tho).

But in case you really haven’t heard about Kim Shui, here is a short bio: Kim Shui was born in the US, and raised in Rome, Italy. She graduated from Duke University with a double major in Economics and French before pursuing Fashion Design at Parsons and Central St. Martins graduating with Distinction. Her concept collections are one of a kind, but with her Ready-To-Wear MOMENTUM collection she is ready to take the fashion world.

Culminating in a series of richly textural designs, Kim Shui embarks on an investigation into transitional pace, exploring the daily rise and fall in physical momentum for SS15. Examining movement in relation to the feminine form through the mimicry of motion that is evident in the juxtaposition of silhouette throughout the collection. Pairing rigid panels of shimmering silver lamé with the voluminous peaks and folds of dense black ruffles and orbital shoulder strap detailing to create a sports-luxe aesthetic that appears constantly in motion, even when stagnant.

 

Meat Mutant

Wroom wroom. MUTANT, the new collection from Meat Clothing, takes us to the motocross track to get dusty with some strong and confident racing babes. No longer are the days of just hot girls in bikinis. Tribal and traditional motocross ‘fashion’ plays a heavy influence for the line, which also includes MEAT branding in the form of their own sponsorship. Notable design developments of ‘Mutant’ can be found in the construction of paneling and heavy attention to detail. With it’s deliberately vibrant colour palette and unifying designs, ‘Mutant’ invites you to join the tribe.
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Meat launched the collection with an explosive show at the world famous fetish club Torture Garden, featuring dancers choreographed by Jessica Holder (M.I.A – bad girls), music by Darq E Freaker & SOPHIE and visuals by Rollz Royce.

Pictures via MEAT