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.
BYUNGMUN SEO is a visually provocative menswear ready-to-wear line, which makes me ready to wear some of the pieces from SS15.
It displays an unconventional construction of garment that often plays with creative pattern cutting and pushes the boundaries of traditional fashion and silhouette.The philosophy of this label is that fashion needs to be functional first of all,but also conceive a style that reflects the mood and state of mind: poetic,sensitive and melancholic. The inspiration exudes a sense of discreet chic, the essence of timeless style, drawn on a monochromatic, poetic expression through experimental pattern cutting. The limit of colour on this brand (Palette of black, grey and touches of pure whites)allows to mix all pieces with each other and to create fresh,personalized looks.It also can accentuate the contrast of high textured fabric showing diversity and harmony.The intelligent combination of high end fabric with a variety of other materials gives the brand a luxurious and exclusive look and feel introduces the chic yet, contrasting fabrics is draped and layered to create very distinctive and sombre clothes to clad a twenty-first century gentleman. The Byungmun Seo SS15 collection takes cues from the street while still highlighting serious tailoring (and a knack for unconventional draping). The silhouettes range from hyper-gathered to sleek and planar. Seo incorporates a mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical silhouettes, and pays respect to pounding summer heat by featuring cropped trousers, jackets, and sweaters. In true Byungmun Seo fashion, the creative pattern-cutting is the absolute star of the collection. Outerwear looks as if it was carved from wood as its structures curve, tuck, peek out, or even disalign with one another. Each edge in its pattern-cutting is the new beginning of the collection’s inspirational rebels. Then, drop-crotch cropped pants and long, loose shorts proudly assert drapes scoping from the planar and angular to über-complex gathering, and almost feminine, wafting numbers. From casual, urban-inspired styles to much more formal attire (and even a jumpsuit), this collection’s considered it all.
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.
Amsterdam based label Daily Paperreleased 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.
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.
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. 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.
Like this is basically how the year started: with a big bang and it’s gonna be a good one. Trust me when I say that! 2k15 is about to be epic.
Especially when you start a blog off with a designer with designs being one of a kind: Alexandra Louise Champion Hackett is a mens sportswear designer, practicing in Melbourne, Australia, who’s label A.L.C.His kinda new to the fashion scene, but will stay there forever:
In addition to working on her graduate collection, A.L.C.H. operates as a freelance practitioner and collaborator, focusing on developing her unique textile-based aesthetic and applying it to various formats.
A.L.C.H. is beginning to become known for her work appropriating found objects (varying from caution tape to banana peels, NASA space foil to astroturf) into planar surfaces. Through the recontextualization of these textiles, A.L.C.H. fashions wearable garments and accessories, whilst looking into the subversion of the sportswear genre. And you can see all of that in her SS15 collection “Shoplifters“: You can’t say this shit is not epic. You just can’t!