Blurred lines, the fashion editorial in US Vogue May 2015 issue highlights one of the most prominent fashion trends of the moment – androgyny. Models are coupled perfectly in order to display a whole range of androgynous outfits along with a cool attitude. Photo: Patrick Demarchelier / styling: Tonne Goodman / Make-Up: Yadim/ Hair-styling: Shay Ashual/ images via thefashionisto.com.
The spring issue of T Magazine Men captures Spring Poetic Undertones in an artsy fashion editorial. Just a boy, a wall, a sunny day, plus exquisite designer clothes (Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen, Hermes) – beautiful! Photo: Matthew Kristall/ Styling: Jason Rider/ Model: Simon Fitskie/ images via thefashionisto.com
Now, when there’s no Margiela around (in terms of really experimental, subversive, avant garde fashion) hopefully we have Vetements.
Vetements is a young Paris based fashion label run by an international collective of seven designers trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Die Angewandte in Vienna and Studio Berçot in Paris. Their Fall 2015 collection was recently showed at Paris Fashion Week. The show, held in the basement of Paris’ famous gay club Le Depot displayed oversized jackets, asymmetric dresses, sporty harnesses and skin-tight snakeskin platforms. With a casting of real people everything looked bold, subtle, odd and really creative in terms of product design.
In French, “Vetements” literally means “clothes” – it’s simple. The design approach goes into the same spirit: it’s about producing beautiful clothes that are made to be worn. However, there’s a particular energy embedded in these deceptively simple outfits. Of course, the styling adds a particular flavour to the overall look, but even so we can feel there was a great concern in the making of the garment. Working on a piece of clothing, exploring its hidden details, subtly reconfiguring shapes and lines, taking risks – these preoccupations are extremely rare these days.
Vetements’ fashion esthetic, the way they play with proportions and volumes, the mix of raw with sophisticated details may seem margielesque, like their choice to remain invisible as creative individuals. Anyhow, there’s a new breath and many possibilities that can start from here, while being anonymous is an act of courage today more than ever. Focusing on well-done basic pieces above anything else, Vetements it’s not just a label but a genuine project by itself.
Vetements Fall 2015, catwalk images via style.com
ANREALAGE, whose name comes as a worplay of real/unreal/age, is definitely an intriguing fashion label. The designer behind the Japanese label – Kunihiko Morinaga, was born in Tokyo and studied at Waseda University and Vantan Design Academy. He launched his own brand ”ANREALAGE” in 2003. Winning the Avant-Garde Grand Prix at Gen Art in New York (2005), he showed this first runway collection at the large observation platform in Tokyo Tower with the brand of Keisuke Kanda (2006). He opened the Anrealage flagship store in Harajuku, Tokyo (2011). Mainly concerned by conceptual design, Kunihiko Morinaga presented his works in exhibitions: “ANREALAGE EXHIBITION ‘A REAL UN REAL AGE’ ” (solo exhibition – Parco Museum, Tokyo), “Fhilosophical Fashion 2 : A COLOR UN COLOR” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa). In partnership with Trident gum, Morinaga conceived the first line of clothing that completely shields all incoming cellphone signals (the Focus project was featuring a radio-wave blocking jacket).
ANREALAGE fashion collections reveal designer’s passion about technology and object design, delivering unexpected visual solutions and artsy outfits. Exploring intriguing themes such as Shadow, Air, Low, Bone, Colour etc., ANREALAGE fashion discourse revolves around essential concepts in fashion design – shape, dimension, resolution, the interplay of light and shadows.
Anrealage is showing for de second time at Paris Fashion Week, and their Fall collection certainly deserves a closer look.
images source: style.com
Alexis and Isabelle – photos from Blossom series
Isabelle Chapuis and Alexis Pichot (simply known as Alexis and Isabelle) are the authors of several interesting photo projects combining art and fashion. Working subtly with light effects and colored smoke, they fill their images with a mysterious atmosphere. The ‘Blossom’ photo series, for which the photographers have also used their signature smoke bombs, evokes a journey of fantasy. In artists words: “We read in the smoke, as we guess in the clouds, forms of the imagination; ghostly presence that has been or will be: everyone is free to see what they like“.