After being awarded as a winner of Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones To Watch’ reward for her SS17 collection, Ester Kubisz returns to the Freemason’s Hall to showcase her Autumn/Winter designs. Taking inspiration from the beauty of decay, the collection is an homage to Detroit, a city known for its suburbanisation and corruption following the famous decline of its auto industry.  

Inspired by the corporate world of today and people’s desire for wealth, Ester launched her very first own label after graduating from university. Known for her traditional take on menswear, the designer has a unique way of deconstructing and reinventing professional men’s attire. Ester has previously won the best garment award at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and has been featured in multiple exhibitions since. 

Ester’s Autumn/Winter collection merged bold, oversized silhouettes and modern, grunge styling with traditional tailoring. Exploring the topic of decay and reinvention, parts of garments were peeling off their traditional construction to reveal the beauty that’s lying underneath. 

Black and white striped garments gave the collection a fresh and alternative feeling and set Ester’s collection apart from other designers this season. Inspired by the reinvention of abandoned buildings in Detroit, she utilised blazers as overcoats and took split waistbands to turn them into belts. A stage setup consisting of drums and guitars went well with the relaxed and fresh atmosphere during the presentation of the AW17 collection. 

Words by Gianluca Schappei 

Photography by Nicholas Kristianson

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