George Styler is a Serbian designer with a decidedly maximalist aesthetic - ethnic embellishments, dramatic silhouettes and touch-me textures dress a futuristic traveller. Using fashion to express cultural points of view, Styler draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources, making Vogue, New African Woman and The Wild magazines all take note of our AW14 One To Watch.

The ‘NetWork’ collection saw Styler reflect on the interwoven global relationships between people and cultures, a modern society in an increasingly virtual world. Knitwear, embroidery and shearling with a Balkan feel are toughened with sequins, spikes and heavy metal accessories in a collection influenced by Persian royalty and global styles from East to West.

‘Captivity’ looked at the supposed freedom of the modern man still captured by society, using a bird motif and punk embellishments as symbols of freedom and rebellion. A darker colour palette of terracotta and turquoise took inspiration from Eastern embroidery, while silhouettes were exaggerated and textures embraced. Patent crocodile harem pants for men and bustled bottoms for women redressed the dichotomy between sportswear and glamour.

Graduating from the College of Textile Design, Technology and Management in Belgrade with a Diploma in Apparel and Textile Design, Styler has already shown with FashionClash, Belgrade Fashion Week and previously with Fashion Scout. We have no doubt that Styler is sure to inject some cultural and sartorial food for thought to SS15.

By Isabella Silvers, Contributor, (@izzymks).
Images by Hannah McGee, (@HannahMcG3e).

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