In his collection, designer Shinsuke Mitsuoka, combines the couture influences of his base in Paris, with the individuality and creative flair associated with London. Translated as “free will”, Liberum Arbitrium seems to be a gothic homage to a futuristic, empowered woman. His use of leather and sheer creates a paradox in theme, but not in tone; the Shinsuke Mitsuoka woman, is a woman to be feared, but also, a woman to be loved.
Although based in menswear, Tom Lipop always manages to innovate an androgyny within his work. His materials are unconventional - some being almost aboriginal - and yet he adapts them to work within the demographic of the industry. His collection was contemporary, modern, and conceptual; and yet, although it would seem impossible, still effortlessly wearable.
Think black. Think structure. Think darkly alluring. Think Zyanya Keizer. Highlighting the ambiguity between what is ‘art’, and what is ‘fashion’, Zyanya created a collection that oozes adventure, ethereal quality, and enticing imagination. At first glance, her collection seems harsh - darkly sartorial - and yet on the cut of each piece - emphasising the human figure behind it - accentuates the soft beauty underlying each piece.
By contrast... Think white. Think loose draping. Think subtle femininity. Think Claudia Ligari. A breath of simple fresh air, amidst the bustling chaos of the fashion industry, Ligari’s collection is clean, understated, and yet deeply beautiful. Her use of sheers and hammered silks enable her to drape the material loosely, while enabling it to fall perfectly on the body. A perfect example of the how nudes, and flesh tones can speak for themselves.
Based on Japanese wall hangings, Amoroso work has already achieved recognition on the cover of Volt Magazine; not only for it’s beauty and elegance, but also for the effort that she goes to creating it - each tassel is hand stitched onto the garment, described as ‘a commemoration of the forgotten art of craftsmanship”. We can’t help but think it has paid off.