Clothes today have become a language…
We use them to communicate.
In what will broadly be remembered as “the shittiest year of all times,” there were some highlights on the runways of the world. In fact, designers present their strongest strikes of genius when times are rough, as fashion becomes that fantastical, illusory medium that help us dream and escape. We’ll think back of 2016 to the year of logos, a round of musical chairs amongst the power-players of creative directors in Milan and Paris, and the year when the fashion world finally woke up and dismissed Kanye West’s sand-colored, genocide-appropriating fashion endeavor. On that note, we still haven’t recovered from Kim’s shocking accident in Paris, that led her to discontinue posting on social media. Her Instagram stands as frozen in time at Paris Fashion SS17 – perhaps an apt metaphor for all of us, who honestly can’t wait for the summer to come? While it won’t contain less Trump, it will hopefully be less death, prettier boys, and more radical fun. Until then, here’s some of our favorite collections of the year.
With a razor-sharp visual style (and a pretty nifty way with an actual knife), Canadian-born Maxwell Burnstein has been making waves with his art-meets-fashion photographic collages. He’s done covers for Elle, editorial for Harpers Bazaar and collaborated with Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci amongst others. Having provided The-Counsel with our first birthday card, Maxwell spoke to us about his influences and ambitions.
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.
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.