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.
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.”
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.
The 90s are back. FILA, internationally recognized as one of the most iconic sportswear brands, recently linked with JOYRICH for their latest collaboration: the JOYRICH x FILA collection. The footwear takes on a bold look with a black and white solid foundation and hits of red throughout. Staying true to their sporting tradition, the apparel includes tracksuits, tees, hoodies, wind-breakers, bucket-hats and of course, the classic F-13 sneaker model. Both sets of product are highlighted by a light zebra pattern strategically placed. When combined with the street esthetic that JOYRICH is known for, this collection is a great combination of fashion, style, and comfort.
The collection is anchored by the F-13, featuring soft premium leather on the upper and bolstered by a zebra print pony hair flag. Additional branding includes an embroidered logo on the tongue, molded collaboration label on the strap and a gold plated hang tag. Custom packaging with duel logos on the box and tissue paper make this a great pickup for sneaker collectors.
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.