Barbara I Gongini is a person with strong beliefs. Some year’s ago I had the pleasure interviewing her and getting to know her a little bit. You can tell that she unapologetically creates the clothes she wants to with a fantastic mixture of super-high fashion and a touch of street wear. I know, that’s not easy right? But Barbara impresses me everytime I see her show. I got the feeling that she really shares a piece of herself through her design with customers. Her love for fashion, dark and ashy colors complete the full vision that Barbara establishes every time she’s presenting her new collection. It’s a timeless story of another diverse universe full of a heritage of sensitivty that she combines in her designs.
Do you remember when I first talked to you about communicating gender in one of my previous articles? If you missed it you can just read it right here “Communicating Gender“. After Barbara’s show I just ran into her backstage and we had a beautiful conversation about her perspective to her collection. I told her that I noticed a lot of gender blending aesthetics and she was really happy that I noticed her intentions to just not put gender on a podest, rather than dressing human beings in a way that she perceives as to be beautiful. Take a look!
Come spring, come summer, at the end of the day we’re all human beings – and some of us enjoy the art of communicating through fashion. That’s just how it is, we want clothes for our bodies that emphasize our features that we feel the most confident about, for some it’s important to be perfectly styled from head to toe, while there are others who just want to feel flowy and good in the clothes that they’re wearing.
Henrik Vibskov most definitely knows how to make comfortable clothes but doesn’t drop the fashion. There’s a reason why people call him Denmark’s fashion design genius. If I had to sum up the show with one word, that would be #TeamVibs! Not for nothing some of the performance artists who where also a part of yesterday’s show had it written all over their coats. If you’re familiar with Henrik Vibskovs style and approach of design, I’m sure y’all know what I mean.
And for those of you who don’t have a clue about who this man is, let me tell you something – Henrik Vibskov imagines his world to the beat of his own drum! His designs are full of life, experimental, daring, but at the same time totally down to earth. And Henrik himself is a very easygoing and carefree personality in the best way.
My interview with Henrik after the show will be up on the blog as well and I’ll let you know when it’s published. But today I want to give you guys an insight behind the scenes before the show of Danmark’s biggest fashion players!
What you’re going to see is a mixture of chilled models waiting to get ready, last minute touch ups and stylists in action. But enough of the talking I know y’all want to see the highly engergized atmosphere behind this major fashion show. Enjoy and I’ll talk to you soon!
All Picture Credits belong to Kemara Pol
As for those of you who are not familiar with Copenhagen Fashion Week, let me tell you something: it’s my favourite fashion week of them all!! And for all of you who read things or even been there yourselves, y’all know what I’m talking about. You know, the people, the venues and of course the designs are absolutely stunning! Everytime I’ve visited Copenhagen Fashion Week so far has been nothing but pure joy full of great memories, photographs and friendships of like minded people.
So in honor of the upcoming fashion week I want to do something that I have never done before here: a THROWBACK, where I want to share some of my alltime favourite pictures that I have taken over the last couple of years, when I visited Copenhagen! Take a look!
Asger Juel Larsen
Asger Juel is one of my favourite, favourite designers of Copenhagen Fashion Week. This is a picture, I took way back in 2012 and it’s from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. I still remember it vividly that this collection gave me a total Mortal Combat meets fashion vibe. His choice of fabrics, prints and shapes are just beyond in my opinion, combined with a total badass model cast, the show was an absolute highlight!
Another very talented, very dark and edgy designer who totally speaks to a special group of people who dedicated their whole wardrobe to black as it is their all time favourite color. You know what I mean? When you take your time to learn about fashion, you’ll instantly know what I mean. There are like the Rick Owens loving people, who also adore Yamamoto and Dries van Noten, oh and not to forget Margiela. And I see David Andersen wanting to reach that pool of audience for him as well, but with an elegant twist. His designs are much more tailored and fitted in a way and therefor have a touch of elegance to them to, you know take you from day to evening and still feel dressed appropriately.
What can I say about Wood Wood other than it’s one of the most popular Danish brands all around the world amongst young folks? Their secret to success to me is their ability to combine fashionable streetwear, scandinavian coolness with the current Zeitgeist, that keeps it young and fresh.
Henrik Vibskov is one of a kind designer, because nobody else can do what he’s doing. Every single show is an explosion of creativity with fashion being only one part of the whole spectacle. I’m talking about arty sclulptures and installations, experimental sounds and an experience as a whole that will blow your mind. Talking about the fashion I must say that I adore his approach on how he’s creating his designs. I had the pleasure to interview Henrik a couple of times and he’s just the coolest and most chill guy ever.
Astrid Andersen has been and still is an unstoppable force when it comes to young and fresh designers who will sooner or later become a name that everybody will be familiar with. With her edgy street wear designs, Astrid Andersen never fails to impress. Her hip hop and urban culture fashion is appreciated all around the world, especially in the States, where pop meets street wear and basketball.
Jean Phillip is a designer who loves a cool, unique androgynous look and that’s exactly what he’s doing with his collections. Every season I’m excited to see his show, because there’s always a special playfulness that today’s menswear needs in my opinion to appear current and modern. Also Jean Phillip is never afraid to educate his target group to be just a little more daring when it comes to showing some skin.
Anne Sofie Madsen
Annes Sofie Madsen is definitely one of Copenhagen’s most sought after designers. Her unique approach to fashion and futuristic attitude is truely remarkable. Some people even compare her to Alexander McQueen. You be the judge!
There are people who call her the Coco Chanel of Denmark. The super established designer always manages to create the most feminine and elegant designs! See for yourselves!
If you want to be a designer and want to present your collection at fashion week there are tons of things you have to think about. One vitally important component is the cast of the models. As a designer you want to make sure that your garments are introduced to a pool of fashion experts, stylists, buyers and the media the best way possible, so you also need to think about a choreography for your models, meaning you need to rehearse on how they’re going to strutt down the runway when presenting your new designs.
As for the Berlin based designers from VEKTOR – I’ve introduced you to them in my previous article – it was no different. They too had to practice the procedure of the choreography a couple of times before their big show. At the end of the runway there were Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler, the two designers, giving them instructions on how fast they should walk and to take bigger steps. One by one they all came out on the runway until they showed up as a group at the finale. Take a look!
According to the official Berlin Fashion Week website, VECTOR is a German brand that’s based in Berlin. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this label before, but I have to admit I love everything about them, except one thing! But before we dig into that let me tell you something about the history of the label.
Background information about VEKTOR
VECTOR – that’s the Berlin designer duo Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler, who moved from Hamburg and Freiburg to study at the ESMOD Berlin and met there. Martin Eichler founded his womenswear label hectorhector, where he aimed to connect urban street style and high fashion with the Berlin Zeitgeist. Kristina Puljan specialized in 2011 with her label Volim on quality pants, with a special attention to leather.
The two united forces and from Volim and hectorhector a new label VEKTOR was born. VECTOR offers men’s, women’s and unisex styles and offers a very “urban” and modern look. The label provides sporty elegance, modern styles and quality basics.
Vektor Spring Summer 2016
I must say I loved this collection, especially the fact that they mostly combined denim with white structured fabrics, that elevates the collection to a fresh, modern and youthful look. It also kinda gives me a throwback to Britney’s and Justin’s all denim look from the early 2000’s but just translated into now and loosen up a bit with some light, flowy white fabrics. Particulary striking is also the hairstyle of the female models, which kinda reminded me of Anne Sofie Madsen from fall/winter 2012 and that they decided to round up the look with like white Converse looking chucks! So effortless and chic! Oh and my only tiny critisizm is that their website is down at the moment! I was just about to find out more about the label and then I had to learn that their website is under construction. Anyway guys, let’s end this on a positive note with some of my outfit highlights.
I’ve added the whole video for the show at the very bottom! Take a look and let me know what y’all think of the designs for the next summer! Also I have to say, I loved the cast of the models. They’ve been among the few designers at Berlin Fashion Week who emphasised a diverse cast of models instead of an all white skin group of models! See for yourselves!
Watch the whole show here and stay tuned for exclusive Backstage material before the show!
When you look at Ivan Mandzukic’s designs you could easily tell that they’re a fusion of classical and avant-garde clothing. He studied fashion at ESMOD and in 2010 founded his own label Ivanman.
Ivan Mandzukic considered fashion as a social phenomenon, which he dismantled into individual parts in order to analyze this very new look. Also he tried to translate this system into his designs put together in garments. Ivanman stands for clean lines and minimalist silhouettes with graphic geometric details. For the spring/summer season 2016, the fitted tailoring of his suits are a combination of vibrant colors with dark tones as a contrast. Not many can do what Ivan can. There’s a certain kind of style that can only be inherited by a few – it’s called authentic menswear!
Let me take you backstage right before the show and see for yourselves! Thanks for reading, I know you’ve got choices!
Watch the video below to see the whole collection!
So what’s your opinion about the spring/summer 2016 collection by Ivanman? Do you like it? Do you think it’s on trend? Sound off in the comment section below and let me know what you think!
Some might say ‘you’re just born with it.’ In my case, I guess I can say that as a writer and photographer, you have to bring a quality of curousity with you in order to do your job. Even when I think way back I’ve always loved exploring new things, getting a glimpse of the production or the behind the scene. When I was a child, I loved to draw, play music or take pictures. The passion for photography hasn’t changed and with the time I also found interest in telling story through words and I added the writing.
Berlin Fashion Week Calling
Not long ago I’ve been invited to Berlin Fashion Week to take pictures backstage at Pearly Wong’s show. The one thing that I always say about backstage photography is that this is really the place where the magic happens. There’s tons of people, like make-up artists, hair stylists and people involved in the organizing process who help making the designer’s visions a reality. I personally love photographing backstage a whole lot more than photographing shows, because it really allows me to share my individual point of view, whereas at shows I can’t really move and all the pictures look pretty much the same as from everybody else, you know what I mean?
Also, if you’re interested in Pearly Wongs show, just hit the play button and take a look!
Just a couple of days ago I watched the press preview for the new Dior documentary about Christian Dior and Raf Simons taking over as a chef designer. And I definitely can tell you one thing – it’s definitely a WATCH, since this movie is one of the best fashion documentaries I’ve ever seen in my life. Watch the trailer and then I’m gonna tell you why you all need to see this movie.
To me the movie is a combination of two different ways of storytelling. On the one hand there are cameras following Raf like a shadow, documenting every step of developing an haute couture collection. After taking over the position as the new chef designer, he has only about 8 weeks to create a phenomenal debut to impress the fashion crowd, which is quite a challenge as you might agree. And on the other hand there are also in depth interviews with people who used to work at the fashion house for decades and also pictures from the past, which show the history of the traditional brand. This mixture of interesting content combined with the immensely aesthetic production makes this documentary very special and definitely a must see for all fashion fans who are interested in getting an insight of how one of the most prestigeous french fashion houses is working.