Who made my clothes? Well, last week we really wondered as the hashtag #Imadeyourclothes circulated online along with pictures of all kinds of workers in the fashion industry. The hashtag was part of the enactment of Fashion Revolution – a movement we should all join – to celebrate fashion. Fashion that is fair. Last week we heralded everything and everyone contributing to the creation of a piece of clothing, from the farmers of cotton to the seamstresses, when Fashion Revolution held its Fashion Revolution Week. As the finale of the week in London was a conference held at Central Saint Martins. It brought together big names in the industry to discuss what we can do for a future for fashion. The sum up concluded that it is with us, as individuals, that it starts.
The concept of storytelling is known as a traditional method to recall, preserve and pass on knowledge. Stories are pivotal in gaining insight into a phenomenon: they tie us with the past at the same time as providing basis for continuity with future generations. In an industry where every new collection tends to come with a new story, and “the inspiration” for these are often attributed quite random sources, this is Sweden diverges from the fashion flocks by emphasising the importance of personal narrative and context. The label’s founders, Ana and Pablo Londoño, were born in Colombia and came to Sweden as refugees in the early 1990’s. this is Sweden is their story. Siblings and Central Saint Martin’s graduates, who became a forceful design-duo insisting on creating ‘more than pretty clothes for pretty people’. Following the passing of Ana Londoño in 2017, Pablo has continued on what they built together: a unique creative platform driven by social commitment and an anti-racist agenda. Friends and family surround the label. Pablo explains their relation to this is Sweden as essential. “They have the heart and the brain and the pace to understand the meaning of what we’re doing.” While this is Sweden presents the Londoño’s vision for the country that became their home, it also stands as a rare demonstration of the reinforcing power fashion has – when fashion has something to tell. On a sunny spring morning, via FaceTime from Copenhagen to Stockholm, DANSK spoke with Pablo Londoño to learn more.
Summer is finally making a re-appearance, at least if summer means (admittedly freezing) outdoor restaurant seating, Aperol Spritz, and drunk biking (hey! We just summarized Copenhagen summers in one sentence). It also means a new fashion season, and now that we think of it, there’s nothing we love more than summer-themed products. Our new favorite is the new series of scents by French fashion house Louis Vuitton, devised by the historic brand’s prime nose (yes, that’s a title), Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, and visually interpreted by LA artist Alex Israel.
In vocal it sounds like “Love, love me do” or perhaps “Shake it up baby… TWIST AND SHOUT”, but how does it look? It looks perky and bold, it looks like a miniskirt. Though a miniskirt sounds relatively innocent, the power of it is stated this spring with two major exhibitions at V&A and the Fashion and Textile Museum and the launch of a new book Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution.
Lawrence Perry, a native Singaporean based in London, immediately caught our attention with his impeccable receptivity for colour, fragmented appreciation for texture as well as an overall abstract approach to mixed media. His work is characterised by a stern belief in the mental health facets of life, as his pieces challenge five pillars of the mental health sphere, including addiction, relationships, anxiety, social media and body image. Growing up aggrieved by an abusive childhood aided Lawrence to develop an ability to unveil the mental structure behind people’s mind. Affected by Synaesthesia, his sensory system inputs an urge for instant expression in his brain. Though, chromatism also played a pivotal role in the artist’s teenage years, as he constantly trawls inspiration from Colourist and Cubist movements, because of how everything is reduced to pure form and dotted expression. An intangible yet dramatic battle is fought by the artist on a day to day basis, where calamity, placidity, and a pugnacious soul – also evocative – form a climax that intertwines a whirlwind of emotions. We’ve looked through Lawrence’s portfolio, and asked him a few questions to get to know him better – see all of his work here!
News have it that outdoor brand The North Face has partnered up with British RÆBRUN with a collection of accessories remade from recycled The North Face tents. The collection emphasizes both brands’ philosophies of pushing existing boundaries in order to discover new ones.
Diversity is the talk of the decade and it is limited to no business. In fashion, men are slipping in skirts, like women have been slipping into suits for what comes near to a century. Diversity adds flavor and wit to every business and next in line to contribute is the big grey: age. Since forever, beauty has been synonymous with youth, and during the fashion weeks products have been showed off on young strutting bodies in the small age range of 15-25, all though sense for fashion has no age, in fact it has a habit of growing only better and fashion is starting to realize. Below we’ve gathered 7 AW19 ready-to-wear collections that stated the ‘Greynaissance’.
Pasquale Autorino, native Italian currently based in Milan, caught our attention ever so swiftly through his sensational eye for composition, details and visual poetry, as well as for his distinctive pictorial method of photography. Defining himself as a “Visionary Of The Unconscious”, his vision is characterised by a mystic element, flourishing throughout his body of work. Among his key inspirations, there’s mysticism and dreaming, together with the Freudian instincts of Life and Death (in ancient Greek, Eros and Thanatos), both of which hover in his head spasmodically. Darkness, Mystery, Melancholy, Narcissism and Romanticism: an ineffable climax of feelings, constituting few of the idyllic approaches gracing his visionary philosophy. Besides, a pivotal hue which never fails to be present within his creations is Silver. Why so? Yet, an undefinable factor according to the artist. We catch up with one of the most promising visual storytellers of the moment to learn more.
We have been made to feel ashamed of our bodies, and in return, learnt to shame those of others. When Eve and Adam disobeyed God’s command their eyes were opened, they saw that they were naked. Feeling shame, they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Today, the internet tells us to cover up and censor our bodies. It could have been such a paradise for us to play, express and push limits, a place where we could direct and curate ourselves. But we find ourselves reintroducing the modern day fig leaves; two little cherries, a star, a pink heart to carefully place on the parts we are told to hide.