Julian Zigerli presented his Spring/Summer 2016 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, overtaking a public park to stage a guerrilla fashion show. All the guests were informed about the secret location via text message earlier the day. And the idea of a secret fashion show is the dopest thing ever. And thank God the spot was next to my hotel…
Inspired by a recent trip to Japan, Julian Zigerli‘s spring-summer 2016 collection “White Rabbit” plays with the strong contrasts that can be found in the Japanese culture, naturally flirting with the cute and lovely as much as with the dark and twisted.
For this collection, the prints are the result of an encounter made in Tokyo with Seitaro Ito, the illustrator behind ‘Foxy Illustrations’ – famous for his hand drawn vintage looking characters, including some cheeky and rather sarcastic bunnies, teddy bears and pin-ups.
Julian Zigerli has built upon these cute drawings to develop an aesthetic focused on the handmade feel of illustration, playing with the proportions of the cartoon characters, fake shadow effects, ink stains and wooden finishing. A visual language applied on shades of light blues, greys and darker tones to bring a slightly dramatic dimension to the collection – setting the scenery in one of those haunted Japanese forests, whilst chasing this kawaii white rabbit! Good stuff y’all.
It was hot! Like mad hot. And I am not talking about the weather, but about FRANZISKA MICHAEL‘s SS16 collection during MBFWB.
In 2009 FRANZISKA MICHAEL founded her eponymous label which transcended boundaries only by its designation, and demonstrated the independent appearance of the brand. Far from the standard which can be found in today’s fashion world, she defines her style through strong contrasts, courage for innovation and incisive prints. Spontaneously refreshing and juggling with extremes – FRANZISKA’s inspiration and fascination arose from the heart of the 90’s era. FRANZISKA MICHAEL’s looks are characterised and inspired from oversized cuts and a strong consistent unisex character.
And Berlin Fashion Week just does not make any sense without FRANZISKA MICHAEL’s input. So I probably would have not even gone to Berlin if I didn’t get any invite.
On July 8th SADAK showed his upcoming SS16 collection during Mercedes-Benz-Fashion Week Berlin. Thecollection by Serbian designer Sasa Kovacevic embarks upon a journey of post-modern islamic culture by showing men wearing backless Niqabs (traditionally worn by muslim women) that break with conventional gender roles.
Deconstructed blazer, golden chocker over socks, prints of palms, veiled women and golden wheels as well as typographical details such as “Error” and “You + Me = <3” complete the collection that comes in pastel tones such as blue, rose, lilac and contrary bold black. Sadak is the best label that MBFWB has to offer! Like who cares about all these bougie ass evening fashion shows, when you can have hardcore street fashion?! And besides the fashion pieces I really appreciate the selection of models, because every model has it’s own individual look. And this just reflects Sadak’s message of pride in individuality. And I don’t want to start talking about the music, because everything is just perfect.
A fashion week without SADAK wouldn’t be the same. You are badass!
It’s time for another fashion week and this time it’s MBFWB (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin). After a couple of crazy days with a lot of partying, running from show to show, sweating my ass off and meeting great new people, it’s time to give you a résumé of what happened. And I have to admit that everything went perfectly this time and I feel like I have finally managed to select to see the relevant things for myself. So the motto for the first day was: Sun’s out, gun’s out (Shirt by Ivory Jar).
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.
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:
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.
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. 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.
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.”