If you scroll down your Instagram feed, you are more than likely to come across millions of start-up brands that, unequivocally, are contending for a place within the industry. But no matter the saturation present in the creative system, through perseverance and ceaseless challenges, triumphs do occur: VALENTI is solid proof. The Italian fashion designer’s collections take inspiration from both present and past, delving into the spheres of art, music, and cinema, with notes of classicism fused with an 80’s sleek-grunge vibe. All of these influences are subverted by contemporary fabrics and ravishing silhouettes. The designer, driven by the idea of sublime craftsmanship, has at the age of 26 already graced the pages of global publications including Vogue Italia, L’Officiel UA, Schon Magazine and more. We catch up with one of the most trailblazing designers of the Italian landscape.
The question of why we gravitate towards one garment over another largely boils down to identity. The ways in which we choose to project ourselves to the rest of the world stands vital in our day to day lives, however, when we take a step back to understand where our clothes came from, are we really projecting the same image? The #WhoMadeMyClothes? campaign was sparked by Carry Somers, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, in response to what can only be described as the most fatal garment factory collapse to date. The 1,138 employees who lost their lives at the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013 marked not only a tragedy but a wake-up call for the necessary change for companies to disclose and publish crucial information about their themselves. This incident had to stand for something.
With a New York base and a resumé including titles such as DJ, installation artist, film maker, creative director, and fashion writer, Kristian Kirk is one to watch. With clients such as Eytys, Kim Shui, and Lærke Andersen, Kirk is steadily expanding his unique vision fusing art, fashion and youth culture. DANSK has talked with the successful Dane about his tour from small town Odense to New York and the work that made it possible.
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.
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.
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.