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Lighed er det nye sort

Modeugen i New York AW17 bar tydeligt præg af en amerikansk modebranche, i oprør og fortvivlelse efter at Donald Trump var blevet valgt til præsidentposten. The Business of Fashion igangsatte kampagnen, ”Tied Together”, hvor hvide bandaner blev brugt som et statement til, at vise solidaritet og rumlighed i forhold til den splittelse som både modeverdenen, men også det omkringliggende samfund står overfor.

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Esben

Air Max Day!

 Air har været en stor del af Nikes innovative sneakers, lige siden det blev introduceret i 1979 med Nike Air Tailwind. Dengang var luften gemt væk inde i skoen, men i 1987 valgte Nike at vise luftpuden frem med Nike Air Max 1. I år har Nike Air Max 1 så 30 års jubilæum, og det skal selvfølgelig fejres i dag d. 26/3 på Air Max Day.
AFRICA IS THE NEW BLACK

Afrika er det nye sort: Gitas Portal // Africa…

I dag tager Fashionfladen hul på 2. udgivlese af vores serie om afrikanske designere. I dag omhandler det Gitas Portal, som er designet af Mariatu.

Foto: wemakelondon.co.uk
“Det handler alt sammen om individet. Hvert individ tillægger noget helt særligt til et outfit gennem deres stil. Derfor siger mine designs ikke direkte “det her er mode”, men spørger i stedet for individet om at nyde det friske, elegante, eksotiske og innovative design for kvinder, som Gitas Portal udbyder”.

– Mariatu 

Gitas Portal er et fashion brand kendt for dets smarte brug af smukt afrikansk voksprint.
Brandet blev grundlagt i 2011, og designet udtrykker selvsikkerhed og sofistikation. Gitas Portal er et brand, der bliver produceret lokalt for at sikre gode arbejdsvilkårerne og en høj kvalitet af tøjet.

Læs også: Afrika er det nye sort: suakoko betty

Gitas Portal er et fashion label, som forsøger at bringe afrikansk inspirerede værker ud til et international publikum.Grundlæggeren Mariatu, som er en selvvært syerske, har fået inspiration fra sin Sierra Leonske kultur til at udforme tøjet.

Mariatu har brugt forskellige teksturer og stoffer fra verden over, og hendes design er elegant, og tilbyder kunden en unik komposition af kunst og passion. Kollektionerne er feminine, og tøjet appellerer til selvsikre kvinder, som ønsker at udtrykke deres passion for en modig, kulturrig og farverig stil. Hvert klædestykke er elegant konstrueret, og promoverer afrikansk æstetik.
Find tøjet på GitasPortal.com

Nedenfor kan du se den nyeste kollektionn fra Gitas Portal:

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“It’s all about the individual. Every individual brings something different to an outfit, through interpretation of style. Therefore my designs do not dictate ‘this is fashion’, but instead asks of the wearer, ‘to enjoy, what Gitas Portal like to describe as, fresh, elegant, exotic and innovation design wear for women.”

– Mariatu


Gitas Portal is a fashion brand known for its clever use of beautiful African wax prints.
The brand was established in 2011, and the designs expresses confidence and sophistication. Gitas Portal is a brand that is produced locally to ensure good working conditions and a high quality of the clothes.
Gitas Portal is a fashion label that aspires to bring African inspired creations to an international audience. 

Also of interest: Africa is the new black: suakoko betty

The founder, Mariatu, who is a self-taught seamstress, has gotten her inspiration from her Sierra Leonean culture to design the clothes and she has used different textures and fabrics from across the globe, and her designs are elegant, offering the wearer a unique composition of art and passion.

The collections are feminine and the clothes appeal to confident women who want to express their passion for a bold, cultural and colorful style.Each piece is elegantly constructed and promotes African aesthetics and the clothes can be purchased at GitasPortal.com.

Below is the newest collection from Gitas Portal:

Alle fotos: gitasportal.com









AFRICA IS THE NEW BLACK

Afrika er det nye sort: suakoko betty // Africa…


I dag tager Fashionfladen hul på vores nye serie om afrikanske designere. Det er en 8 ugers serie med titlen “Africa is the new black”, hvor vi én gang om ugen sætter fokus på en anerkendt afrikansk designer. Da afrikansk mode er blevet moderne, finder vi det oplagt at skrive om. Vi er i hvert fald helt vilde med det afrikansk inspirerede designertøj.

“Jeg er rigtig glad for at jeg blev født i Afrika. Afrika er den seje, sofistikerede ven, som fortæller de bedste jokes, har den bedste mad hjemme hos sig, og som er en ægte hustler. Jeg startede suakoko betty for at vise den ven frem med al sin vittighed, selvtillid og visdom”.

– Charlene Dunbar


Suakoko betty [udtales SWAH-ko-ko] er et livstilsbrand inspireret af afrikansk design. Charlene Dunbar, som er ejeren samt kreativ direktør for suakoko betty, blev født i Liberia, og flyttede til Atlanta da hun var 11 år. Hun tog styling lektioner fra hendes mor og liberiske kirkefolk, og mixede dem sammen med et moderne twist, og således blev suakoko betty født. Blandede print, modige farver og elegance er Dunbars signatur og kendetegn.
I 2014 blev brandet udvalgt som vinder af designkonkurrencen Belk Southern Designer Showcase. Suakoko bettys autentiske afrikanske voksprint kjoler blev solgt i udvalgte Belk forretninger, og modtog rigtig gode anmeldelser fra nye kunder. Suakoko betty har medvirket i ESSENCE magasinet samt Garden and Gun magasinet, og det flotte designertøj kan købes i butikker i det sydøstlige USA samt online på www.suakokobetty.com.

Nedenfor kan ses den nyeste kollektionn fra Suakoko Betty.




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Today Fashionfladen is starting a new series of African designers. It is a 8 week series titled “Africa is the new black”. Once a week we will focus on a world reknown African designer. Since African fashion has become more and more commercial we think it’s a relevant topic to write about. We are excited about the African inspired designer clothes that the fashion designers represent.


“I’m really glad I was born African. Africa is that cool, sophisticated friend who tells the best jokes, has the best food at her house, and out-hustles everyone. I started suakoko betty to show off that friend, with all her wit, confidence and genius.”

– Charlene Dunbar


Suakoko betty [pronounced SWAH-ko-ko] is a lifestyle brand inspired by African design. Owner and creative director Charlene Dunbar was born in Liberia and moved to Atlanta when she was 11 years old. She took style lessons from her mom and Liberian church ladies, spliced them with her contemporary point of view, and suakoko betty was born. Print mixing, surprise colors and sleek styling are her signature. After being selected as a 2014 Belk Southern Designer Showcase winner, suakoko betty’s authentic African wax print dress collection was sold in select Belk stores and received rave reviews from longstanding and new customers. Suakoko betty has been featured in ESSENCE and Garden and Gun and is available at boutiques in the Southeast US and online at www.suakokobetty.com.
Below is the newest collection from suakoko betty.























































ANBEFALER

Kate the Great/Moss the Boss

Selvom du ikke skal på Roskilde Festival, skal du ikke være bange for at gå glip af kendisser, fest og farver og ikke mindst nøgenhed hen over sommeren – du skal såmænd blot sætte kurs mod Kunstforeningen Gl Strand istedet. 


Photo: GL Strand
Her udstilles, for første gang i Danmark, et udpluk af mode- og portrætfotografier af den peruvianske fotograf Mario Testino. 
Med udstilling NO LIMITS, bliver du på tre etager ført ind i Testinos eksklusive univers, med både modefotografier, royaleportrætter og ikke mindst nøgenfotos. 
Det fungerer godt med de forskellige farver på væggene i de forskellige rum, der indrammer temaerne for udstillingen fint, i den smukke gamle bygning der huser Kunstforeningen Gl Strand. Selve fotografierne er indrammet i farvede rammer, der er med til at bringe stemningen helt ud i hovedet på dig. Denne in-your-face følelse, understøttes også af fotografiernes overvældende størrelser, som også er det der vejer op for, at mange af fotografierne trods alt allerede i forvejen er særdeles velkendte.  

Har du, som jeg, en svaghed for alt indebærende Kate Moss er denne udstilling bestemt det hele værd. For udover nogle fantastiske modefotografier af blandt andre Gisele Bündchen og fine portrætter af princess Diana, så er det altså Kate Moss fotografierne der virkelig slår benene væk under én. Du kan blandt andet spejle dig, sammen med Moss og Testino, i fotografiet hvor Moss ses backstage på et hotel badeværelse i London i 2006, eller komme decideret helt ind under skørterne på hende i et af de andre. 
Photo: FASHION FLADEN
Er du ikke nær så meget til modefotografiet, men i højere grad kæmpe royalist, så er der bestemt også noget at komme efter. Vores eget kronprinsepar er foreviget i et fint øjeblik, på samme måde som det engelske par af samme titel er det. 

Testino kan det hele! Han formår både at skabe glamourøse modeserier, såvel som på bedste vis at indfange mere private situationer, som royale billeder eller nøgenbilleder (disse to kategorier har ikke noget med hinanden at gøre dog). Så helt vildt bliver det måske aldrig, men hvis du interesserer dig for modefotografi eller bare er den mindste smule Moss fan så vil jeg, på FashionFladens vegne, klart anbefale at slå et smut forbi Gl Strand og blive klogere på Testinos univers, der er langt mere glamourøst end festivalmudder og lunkne øl. 

Udstillingen løber til 18. september. 

Befinder du dig dog på Roskilde Festival, så hold dig opdateret på programmet for Art Zone, der vil være fede artist talks og performances!


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Although you’re not going to Roskilde Festival this year, you will not have to miss out on celebrities, parties and nudity – All you have to do is stop by Kunstforeningen Gl Strand instead. 

Here, with the exhibition NO LIMITS, the photographer Mario Testino’s fashion- and portrait-photos are exhibited. Throughout three floors, you can have a look at different themes such as fashion photos from magazines, royale portraits and nude photos. 
If you, as me, are a sucker for everything that has something to do with Kate Moss, then this exhibition is definitely worth it. To be able to see some of the iconic photos of her on such a big scale is amazing! 

If you’re more of a royalist, than into fashion photography, the royal portraits also happen to be very good. Testino can do it all, both fashion, royal and nude photos (the last two has nothing to do with each other though). So it doesn’t get super crazy maybe, but if you are interested in fashion photography or just a bit of a Moss fan, then I would recommend you, on behalf of FashionFladen, to go watch this exhibition. Testino’s universe much more glamorous and less muddy than Roskilde Festival. 

The exhibition runs until 18th of September. 

If you happen to be at Roskilde Festival though, then make sure to check out the program for the Art Zone, there will be some cool artist talks and performances! 
COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016

Dette indlæg er udelukkende på engelsk, Copenhagen Fashion Summits officielle sprog. Vi håber, vores danske læsere bærer over med os. 


On May 12th, the world’s largest and most important event on sustainable fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, took place. Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Copenhagen Fashion Summit highlighted the global fashion industry’s most innovative solutions to critical environmental, social and ethical challenges.
Hosted for the forth time, the theme of this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit was ‘responsible innovation’. The summit gathered 1.200 influential people representing 52 from all around the world.

Arrival hall
Source: Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Why sustainability?
According to our all time favourite website Wikipedia.org, sustainability means the capacity to endure; it is how biologicalsystems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. The fashion industry is globally facing social, ethical and environmental challenges and innovative ideas are necessary to ensure the future.
According to Copenhagen Fashion Institute, sustainable fashion is a good idea because:
 Fashion is one of the world’s largest industry
• Fashion is one of the most polluting industries globally
• Fashion utilizes labour in low-wage countries
• Fashion has the power to be innovative and communication
• Fashion can change costumers’ consumption patterns
Hosts Amber Velletta and Derek Blasberg
Source: Copenhagen Fashion Summit
Youth Fashion Summit & Educators Summit
Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) initiate, in corporation with Danish Fashion Institute and the Nordic Fashion Association, the third edition of Youth Fashion Summit ran from 9-12 May 2016. Youth Fashion Summit 2016 focused on the United Nations’ new Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) and provide more than 100 selected design, communication and business students from around the world the chance to show the fashion industry what changes will create a better future.
Without a doubt, educators are amongst the most potential and influential catalysts for change. The Educators Summit, held the evening before the Copenhagen Fashion Summit aimed to help teachers collectively advance their capabilities as catalysts for sustainable change by providing an open and stimulating space for teachers to exchange and explore their insights, ideas and best practices for integrating sustainability into teaching curriculums.
The speeches were held in DR’s Koncertsal
Source: Copenhagen Fashion Summit 

It starts with the good intention
For the fourth year Danish Fashion Institute managed to gather influential decisions makers, trend setter and opinion leaders from all over the world. For somebody truly interested in fashion, the attendance was impressive and among others fashion photographer Mario Testino, online Vogue’s international fashion editor Suzy Menkes and fashion entrepreneur Renzo Rosso were on the guest list. Renzo Rosso has been referred to as the “Jeans Genius” by Suzy Menkes and he is the president of the OTB Group.
At FASHIONFLADEN we are truly proud of Danish Fashion Institute playing a leading role in the discussion of sustainable fashion. But good intentions are not enough if we want to ensure the ecological system and the working conditions of the 75 millions workers, which globally are employed by the textile industry.
At the summit’s press conference the need for a conference comparable to the United Nations Climate Change Conference recently held in Paris was addressed. The “HIGG” index is de facto adapted by the industry and assesses sustainability throughout a product’s entire life cycle, from materials to end-of-life. But we need more than that: Global goals for sustainable change and an index available to the consumer, comparable to the Fair Trade certificate.
The Foyer during lunch
Source: Copenhagen Fashion Summit 

But are good intentions enough?
If the tone (especially in the speeches of some of the bigger companies) could sometimes get a bit self-congratulatory, founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd. Livia Firth and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times Vanessa Friedman were two breaths of fresh air. Livia Firth in particular, dared to call out the industry on the massive amount of greenwashing that is happening, and ask the most important question of the evening: 
Is this all talk, or are you actually going to do something?
Vanessa Friedman equally criticised the industry, but she took a more subtle approach. A lot of the big companies talked about transparency, and the importance of baring it all on the costumer. Vanessa, however, pointed out a huge problem with this practice: The consumers have no idea what the companies are saying in the reports. She argued that while transparency is all well and good, you need to bring it to a level where the average costumer can relate to – and understand it. This point is extremely important, because a lot of the responsibility is in the hands of the consumers. It is the consumer who, ultimately, has the final say in whether a piece of clothing is bought, and it is the consumer who choses when to throw the garment away. Therefore, the industry desperately needs to educate the consumers, and equip them with the knowledge to take the right decisions.

One needs only to look at ZARA, which is currently the worlds biggest fashion company, to see that sustainability isn’t the main priority of most consumers – getting the newest of the new is.
This underlines the oxymoron that is sustainable fashion, because no matter how sustainable the process is, production of clothes is going to harm the planet. To actually be sustainable, the companies will have so sell less, better and more durable clothes and the consumers will drastically have to cut down on new purchases. And no matter how sustainable they’re claiming to be, the fashion companies have but one goal: To make you buy their stuff.

Vanessa Friedman delivering her speech
Source: Copenhagen Fashion Summit

ANBEFALER

Libertine ss16

Images: stylewylde.com

Designeren bag Libertine Johnson Hartig har lanceret brandets sommer/forårs kollektion, og der bliver lagt vægt på iøjnefaldende, stærke farver og detaljer i form af figurer, mønstre og print – som både går i ét med tekstilerne men også items, der er syet på. Hartig lancerede først mærket i 2001, og i dag fortsætter han sine designs ved at genskabe og forny det hverdagsprægede klædeskab. Kollektionens mange grafiske illustrationer, som er distinktivt forskellige fra hinanden, giver kollektionens røde tråd, og det spontane, uventede og farverige skaber en god synergi. Hans design er helt sikkert med til at skabe nysgerrighed for beskueren, og skulle du selv overveje at erhverve dig et klædestykke fra Libertine, kan du sikre dig at have førertrøjen på i byens gader. Herhjemme i Danmark ville et item fra kollektionen give et frisk pust, til den ellers sorte, klassiske og lidt tilbageholdende Skandinaviske stil. Vi anbefaler varmt at turde hoppe i klæderne og skille sig lidt ud – det er jo trods alt forår og sommer lige om lidt! Og de stærke neonfarver er bare en tand flottere i solen. Kollektionen er uden tvivl edgy, rå og stærkt trendsættende. Hartig bruger customized genbrugte dele til noget af sit tøj, som er positivt set i lyset af en mere bæredygtig verden – hvor mode og tøjproduktion også kan være miljøvenlig.
Ønsker du at læse mere om Libertine, så klik her.

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As the founding force behind Libertine, Johnson Hartig ups the ante in the fashion game by creatively immersing himself and those around him in a whimsical trip where old school classics meet new school know-how.  Having first launched the label in 2001, today he continues upon his quest of single-handedly revolutionizing the ready-to-wear market for men and women: enter graphic illuminations teamed with sublime screen printing techniques and an avant-garde approach to deconstruction by way of customizing recycled items, thus breathing new life into designs from yesteryear. Equipped with inspirations that ricochet between art, fashion, history, design, travel, culture, florescence microscopy cell research and canine appreciation, Libertine has cultivated collaborations with everyone from Damien Hirst and Goyard to Converse and even Target, a classic example of rewriting the rules via Libertine’s mindset, because after all, why shouldn’t high-end luxury mesh with mass appeal? Check it out here.
  

Libertine herretøjet er ligeledes iøjefaldende, men tager udgangspunkt i de klassiske snit, der hælder sig mod streetwear i print, farver og styling. Det er minder på nogle punkter om noget som designeren Jeremy Scotts kunne finde på at sende på modescenen. Tøjet er absolut til manden, der elsker at twiste sit look op med tøjprint, der rummer en farveskala med attitude. Silhuetten går godt til et street look sammen med nedtonede basics.  

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The men’s wear styles from Libertine are eye-catching and remarkable but finds their standing point in a classic cut. References to Jeremy Scott are notable and the clothes are defiantly for the male who dares to give his look a colorful twist.



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Nye smykkebrands vi tror på del 2! // New…

All photos: Lei Foo Jewelry
Vi fortsætter vores miniserie om smykkebrands, vi tror på. Denne gang har vi interviewet Lei Miriam Foo, som står bag brandet Lei Foo Jewelry. Hun er udover at være smykkedesigner også en del af DJ-duoen LadyBox.
Måske har du set Leis smykker i forbindelse med den afsluttede sæson af X-Factor, hvor flere af deltagerne har båret hendes kreationer. Og ikke nok med det har de også været at spotte i udsendelser som Danmark Har Talent og Vild Med Dans.
Behøver vi at sige, at vi er ikke i tvivl om, at vi får meget mere at se til Leis enkle og feminine smykker i fremtiden?
– Kan du nævne et ord, der beskriver dit design?
Mangfoldigt! 

– Hvad kan smykker ifølge dig?

De kan følge en hele livet, eftersom de har en livsvarig værdi. Materialet i sig selv holder længe og oftest har smykker en personlig fortælling tilknyttet sig. Smykker understreger feminitet og udtrykker det at være unik. Jeg vil faktisk sige, at smykker tilføjer ekstra facet til personlig stil.
 
– Hvordan kan man ved brug af smykker understrege sin personlighed?
Ved at kombinere smykker kan enhver enkel kvinde skabe et unikt look og tilføre sin personlige stil lige dét ekstra. Smykker er oftest noget, som mennesker køber til særlige lejligheder: som gaver, et udtryk for kærlighed eller i forbindelse med en færdiggjort uddannelse, et nyt job mv. Derfor er det ikke kun stilen og kombinationerne, der er unikke, men også den historie, der er tilskrevet hvert enkelt smykke, som gør det personligt.

– Hvordan synes du, at dine smykker adskiller sig fra andre brands?
Mine kollektioner bygger på idéen om at kombinere forskellige styles og på den måde skabe et personligt look ved brug af smykker. På denne måde giver jeg mine kunder mulighed for at være kreative og eventyrlystne. I alle mine kollektioner er det muligt at tilføje diamanter. På denne måde er det med smykkerne muligt at fejre vigtige begivenheder som jubilæer, fødsler eller færdiggjorte uddannelser. Man kan fx tilføje et symbolsk antal diamanter, som gør smykket endnu mere personligt og som gør, at du har det med dig hele livet.
Vil du se flere af Leis smykker, kan du besøge hendes hjemmeside www.leifoo.dk
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Next in line in our small collection of jewelry brands you should keep an eye on is Lei Foo Jewelry. As it appears in the name of the brand Lei Miriam Foo is the designer behind. Besides working as a jeweller Lei makes half of the DJ duo LadyBox. You may already have seen some of her beautiful designs worn by several of the participants in the last season of the Danish X-Factor and we are certain that we will see much more of her designs in the future!

– One word that describes your design?
Multifaceted
– According to you, what can jewelry do?
Follow you through a whole life since jewelry has an inherent eternal validity. The material is long lasting, and often jewelry has a personal story attached to it. Jewelry also underlines femininity and states uniqueness. Jewelry creates an extra facet to personal style.
– How do you think your jewelry differ from other brands at the market?
My collections are building on the idea of combining different styles and in this way create a personal look by using the jewelry.  In this way I allow my customers to be creative and adventurous.
In all collections it is as well possible to add diamonds – in this way each jewelry piece can possible celebrate important life events as anniversaries, giving birth or graduations. You can add a symbolic number of diamonds, and in this way create a personal story within each piece of jewelry that follows you for the rest of your life.

– How can you, by using jewelry emphasize your personality?
By combining jewelry, each woman creates a unique look and adds some extra to her personal style. Jewelry is often something people purchase under special circumstances, as gifts, inherited jewelry, symbol of love, or as a reward after graduation, new job etc. Therefore not only the style and combination are unique but also the story around each piece is unique and personal.

If you want to explore more of Lei’s designs go visit her website www.leifoo.dk
Clover ring
Clover Ear Stud

O-Fall Fusion bracelet

O-Fall Fusion earring and 05 ear stud
Lei Miriam Foo
DOZOH

DOZOH FW16

Heeeeelt tilbage i 2015 bragte vi et indlæg om første kollektion fra det koreanske menswear-label, DOZOH. Og nu har chefdesigneren, Dongwook Jo, været så venlig at sende pressemateriale forud for lanceringen af mærkets FW16-kollektion!

Ligesom SS-kollektionen, er FW inspireret af en film. Denne gang er det The Last Samurai der satte gang i Jo’s designprocess. Men i stedet for at lade inspirationen blive ved samuraier, gravede Jo dybere. Hovedinspirationen bag de klassiske samuraifilm, eller Chanbara, som de officielt hedder, er de mindst lige så klassiske Spaghetti-Westerns – og kollektionen endte med at tage sit udspring i tøjet, de to genres helte bærer.

Kollektionen er et imponerende billede på Jo’s distinkte futurisme: kombinationen af “cowboy-rød” og “samurai-blå”, på et kanvas af strengt minimalistisk sort/hvid skaber fundamentet for en kollektion, der både byder på Moderne Western og Avant-Garde Zen.
Sorte læderjakker i traditionel western-stil blandes med asymmetriske skjorter og et opdateret tag på Hakama buksen – den vide buks, tradionelt båret af Samuraier.

Kig kollektionen igennem under den engelske version af artiklen, og lad os vide hvad du synes om den i kommentarfeltet!


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Waaaaay back in 2015, we brought an post, showcasing the SS16 collection of Korean menswear-label, DOZOH. And we’re in luck – the designer behind the label, Dongwook Jo, has just sent us the lookbook from his FW16 collection!

Like the SS collection, FW is inspired by a movie. This time around, The Last Samurai served as catalyst for Jo’s creative output. But instead of merely making a collection of vaguely Samurai inspired clothing, Jo dug deeper. Chanbara, as the Japanese Samurai-movies are officially labelled, are actually inspired by Westerns, and Jo chose to explore the contrast in apparel, worn by heroes in both genres.

The collection is an impressive showcase Jo’s distinctive futurism: a flamboyant combination of cowboy western ‘red’ and Samurai-evoking ‘blue,’ mixed with black and white, for a stark, minimalist contrast. The highlights include an outstanding blend of modern western and avant-garde Zen: cowboy-esque, black leather jackets; white, asymmetric shirts, and an updated take on Hakama-pants – the wide pants traditionally used by the Samurai.

Check out the collection in the gallery underneath, and let us know what you think in the comments!