Filling Pieces

Oh my god, Becky, look at that….shoe. Look at this shoe by Filling Pieces!

Filling Pieces is an Amsterdam-based footwear label, established in 2009 by designer Guillaume Philibert. While studying architecture, Guillaume realized that there weren’t any premium high-quality sneakers out there for a reasonable price. Recognizing both a challenge and an opportunity, he started to design – following his vision of creating a unique shoe. A shoe that would bridge the gap between streetwear and high-end fashion. At the end of that same year, the first Filling Pieces collection was born, consisting of one unique silhouette: the ‘Low Top’. Guillaume pitched this model to friends, family and stores, and it instantly became clear that everybody loved it.

Nowadays their collection consists of a variety of unique and contemporary models. All of them handmade with great care in Portugal, using only the finest Italian materials. Staying true to their Amsterdam roots, the label also loves to travel the world and gets inspired by the great styles and people all over the world. As they bring their passion and inspiration to more and more places, Filling Pieces is becoming a real global brand.

And I want them so bad. So. So. So. SO. Bad.
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Pictures via Filling Pieces

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 

8CUFF

8CUFF is a menswear brand based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, the label is targeting sport-lux street wear brand, inspired by social issues. And I honestly think that I have blogged about the same collection like last year. And to be up on this blog for a second time is proof that after all these weeks the FW15 collection is still brilliant and is able to fascinate me for a second time around. Tbh I just think that either a couple of looks were added to FW15 (which is not a bad thing at all) or I didn’t do my research correct (which is probably the actual reason for wrtiting about 8CUFF again).

However 8CUFF creates uncompromising visuals from found image and the designers own paintings on the subject “Corruption” structured symmetrical shapes form the sport-lux street wear collection. Take a look:
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Pictures via 8CUFF
Model : Eryk Syzmański, Yang Hoon – Photographer: Egill Bjarki – Make up : Linda Face Slap – Hair styling : Tim Wong BTW- Workshop – Styling : Laeticia. E

Bodybound AW15

BODYBOUND is a new menswear brand, which captures the youthful irreverence of London with a spirit of ingenuity. Their punk approach to menswear combines innovative technical fabrics, and engineered knitwear, with a futuristic sensibility. The label was launched in 2012, after the designers Kim and Pliny, were selected by Yohji Yamamoto as finalists of the prestigious Hyeres Awards.

Kim graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2005 prior to cutting his teeth at Alexander McQueen. After two years in the industry he returned to study an MA in Menswear at the Royal College of Art. Subsequently working for brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Halston, and most recently as the Menswear designer for Matthew Williamson. Pliny, trained as a photographer in New York and London; he brings a honed graphic sensitivity to the collections. BODYBOUND is a futuristic offering of modern luxury menswear.

BODYBOUND’s Autumn/Winter’15 Collection challenges the limits of masculine ambition. It collapses the distinction between bodily athleticism and evolutionary robotics: streamlined silhouettes meet muscle-bound harnesses. This season, appliquéd calf leather, crotchet fabric and nylons join BODYBOUND’s signature knitwear designs in colours of the elements: cobalt, magnesium, nickel and neon.
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Pictures via Bodybound.net

Dioralop

My favorite Croatian brand DIORALOP designed by Andreja Bistricic & Maja Merlic is back for SS15 and better than ever.

DIORALOP is inspired by Polaroid pictures, which were created through intentional spills of chemicals and their exposure to different temperatures. This technique yields various colours and patterns, which are digitally printed in the UK, using variety of luxurious fabrics. Inspiration is drawn from subcultures, street fashion and issues with an emotional impact. Andreja’s taste for cut and deconstruction perfectly balanced with Maja’s vision of print and textile manipulation. Every season designers like to tell stories in different ways, using ambiguous fabrics, proportion and silhouette. And it’s seriously getting better and better. Can’t wait to be back in Zagreb and check the store out.

Mad proud!

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Pictures via Dioralop

Photo: Sanja Bistricic, models: Bernarda Cenkovčan, Marija Ćurić, Anja Ivić, casting: Deni Horvatić, hair: Mijo Majhen, make-up: Ana Rajić

Morocco with Daily Paper

Amsterdam based label Daily Paper released the images of the first part of their Spring/Summer 2015. For the look book the label travelled to Morocco, the country that served as the main inspiration for their collection. And you can clearly see Morocco’s color palettes and fabrics in their fashion. And this shit turned out to be dope af. I must admit that I have a secret fetish when it comes to look books. Like a lot of them pictures are so good that I want to pin them on my wall, just so I can look at it every day. For more than just one season.
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Founded in 2010, Daily Paper is an Amsterdam based menswear label. Inspired by the founder’s own African heritage and passion for contemporary fashion an alternative path has been found, turning Daily Paper into a well-respected creator of authentic ready-to-wear garments. The menswear label is known for being affected by different African cultures incorporating these influences into modern design with a unique rugged character.
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 Daily Paper’s focus lies in the design of men’s fashion apparel that considers authenticity, with an emphasis on tailoring and an eclectic use of materials. The products are made to compliment the consumer’s passion for individuality and personal style. Devoted to quality garments, fine detailing, culture and overall great designs, Daily Paper stays true to their unique brand aesthetic.
Morocco Morocco After travelling to Morocco for a photo-shoot in early 2014, the design team of Daily Paper got inspired by the culture, colors and fabrics of the Moroccan people. Upon their return they got back to the drawing board and created 2 collections for the SS15 collection. The first chapter is mainly focussed on the color palettes used by the Moroccan people and their use of fabrics, while the 2nd chapter shows influences from ancient and modern ‘Berber tribe’ elements. The collection is an ode to North African culture and is filled with well tailored staples such as: All over print T-shirts, nylon vests, classic bomber jackets, cotton rain coats, and all over embroidered jogger pants.
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The collection will be available for purchase  through Daily Paper’s online store and selected retailers.

Pictures via Daily Paper
Production: Daily Paper – Photography & direction: Sharon Jane D. – Styling: Sharon Geernaert – Models: Feliciano Jorghino, Joachim Badejoh