Harness & high-street fashion is maybe not the most organic associative pairing, one finding its natural habitat in darker S&M circles, the other on the most expensive addresses of the world’s pulsating metropoles. Yet, we were over-enthusiastic when we heard the news of & Other Stories collaboration with self-proclaimed “post-Fetish leather brand” Zana Bayne. Founded in New York in 2010 by Zayne and Todd Pendu, with roots in the queer milieus of San Fransisco and Berlin, their rounded edgyness has had a massive appeal amongst celebrities and fashion world elites such as Debbie Harry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rei Kawakubo – the latter of which resulted in in a collaboration with Comme des Garçons. The & Other Stories project marks a moment where their show-stopping pieces will reach a broader audience, without losing its insistence on high quality and subtle eroticism. We sat down with founder Zana Bayne to learn more about the range of belts, harnesses and leather accessories that is already in stores worldwide.
If you don’t already know about them, it is about time you do! Joris Suk and Tessa de Boer are the creative heads behind the Arnhem-based brand, MAISON the FAUX, who just showed their newest collection during New York Fashion Week. “There is something in the air in New York”, Tessa and Joris told DANSK Magazine, but there is definitely something brewing with the skillful brand MAISON the FAUX as well.
Ralph Lauren has transcended from status as mere fashion label to something more altogether; a lifestyle, a vision, an ideology. The American designer’s preppy vision is celebrated and referenced everywhere in the industry, and their polos repeatedly returned to when all the sportswear options we’ve acquired in the past couple of years seem dire or plan ugly.
For long, designer Ann Ringstrand has lulled and mesmerized us into the very essence of Scandinavian minimalism in the shape of HOPE, the Swedish fashion brand that she founded in 2002 with Stefan Söderberg.
If I had my way tonight,
I would surely change your mind
You might be surprised at what you see
I know I don’t look the part,
don’t turn it off before it starts
I can hear your heart talkin’ to me
Tradition, utility, and craftsmanship are three important keywords to describe Johnny Coca’s SS17 Mulberry collection. Set in an enormous factory in one of South London’s industrial areas far away from Chelsea’s luxury shops, it was feminine utilitarian outfits, beaded dresses and luxury goods that strolled down the infinitely long runway.
Every season Fashion East’s panel of fashion industry experts hand-pick young emerging designers, this season we saw Mimi Wade, Matty Bovan, A.V. Robertson and Richard Malone take their turn in the limelight.
Set in a seedy strip club in a touristy part of town, the Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu took us down to the basement where her models shone under red lightning leaning on poles and provoking the viewer with their gaze. No trace of sunlight made it down here, where night and day melted into one.