“I pass classical marble statues of nude and draped figures in the park every day, and they are a vision of sensuality – yes, but also of grace and freedom. As a participant in one of our most progressive aesthetic arenas, am I not allowed to use this imagery? Is it only appropriate for a Michael Fassbender movie? I thought this might be an interesting question.”
– Rick Owens to WWD
Raphael Abel is a fashion and communication design graduate from Düsseldorf, Germany. Next to his studies at the Design Department – Akademie für Mode und Kommunikation Düsseldorf, he already gained working experience at different designers, amongst others at A.F.Vandevorst in Antwerp and Tim Coppens in New York. Raphael Abel views fashion as a way to communicate the inner workings of his mind. His designs are defined as timeless cool portrayed with intellect and sophistication.
“On the back of most of the coats and jackets in his collection were sailor collars collaged with fragments of his personal history—the actual and the imagined. “Like mood boards you’d pin your favorite images to,” he said. Friends, family, a fluffy kitty, a roller coaster, Mt. Fuji painted by Hokusai, a koi pond, a shark, a swimmer in peril, an astronaut…it seemed furiously random until Simons parsed the images.”
– Tim Blanks/Style.com
“Leave it to Kris Van Assche to remind us that, whilst Day-Glo and man skirts come and go, Paris menswear at its heart has always been about rigour and refinement.”
– Stephen Doig
The atmosphere was heating up when Mario Testino entered the Kulturforum in Berlin in order to talk about his new exhibition, the first in Europe „IN YOUR FACE“, showing selected works of his over 35 year-long career. Inbetween the old masters, naked photographs of celebrities added a new perspective to the classical museum. Born in Peru and raised as a beachboy Testino got fascinated by images and culture in his early twentys when he moved to London.
Komakino FW15 collection refers to the affirmation of individuality and appropriation of sartorial codes as a reference to the transition to adulthood. Taking its inspiration from 50s yearbooks, its scratched pictures and peer’s comments – the teenagers brooding nature is communicated through their clothing.
Yesterday #dickowens almost crashed the internet with his fall/winter 2015 shows where models walked down the runway with open crotches – revealing a lot more than the usual #freethenipple. What caught our attention more than male private parts were his new adidas collaboration sneakers. He transformed the iconic Rick Ownes Runners into three new models. Ranging from the classic to high high high top.