Launched in 2015, Voir(e) is a french innovative ready-to-wear workshop that offers a range of unisex outerwear and accessories bursting with character, made in France and in very limited editions. Designer Thomas Vasseur explores an imaginary and fantasy world with a travel-orientated twist, incorporating geographical and historical elements in his clothing. Every collection has subsequently been influenced by artisanry, craftsmanship, local customs, literature, painting and music. These inspirations can be seen in the ethnic and historical detailing of these unique and meaningful clothes for daily wear: jackets and coats definitely made to be worn and enjoyed.
The starting point for ELIRAN NARGASSI’s FW2017/18 collection is the marvel & simplicity of the human anatomy. Tracing the contours of the Human body, turning it into graphic lines symmetrically following the body, along the clavicle, the shoulders, following the arms and down to the legs, while keeping emphasis on the body’s center. The tracing assignment is done using the classic inner finishes such as contrast satin bindings, commonly used in traditional tailoring, but using them on the exterior of the garment.
Photographer Danny Lowe Model Tor Vardimon Gudnason Hair & Makeup Gali Keren
The EgoTripples Collection by Cecile MORAGE is inspired with Sigmund FREUD’S concepts of EROS and THANATOS which are the drives of life and death and govern human interaction. This concept is based on the principle of attraction-aversion oscilating between the yearn for admiration and the rejection by other people. It can be personified as Matriochka because of its overlapping personalities as well as its flower pattern and round shapes. This antagonism can be seen in these patterns at the very first glance: the mixture of anatomical plates is a reference to Thanatos, whereas flowers symbolise femminity, roundness and gentleness. As a whole it brings out a form of spleen poetry close to the Slavic culture. This collection plays with two categories of femminity: the seductive one and childlike. These two cross each other and get mixed up in both attraction and rejection. The aspect of attractiveness can be found in the body parts associated to seduction: eyes, hair, mouth, breasts and hands. It can also be seen in the feminine and cheerful range of colours. The round and enveloping shapes of the clothes and the soft textiles such as cotton satin make it full of of attractiveness and the childlike feminity. However, this yearn for admiration results in frustration and exaggerations aimed at other people’s attention which lead to their aversion. The latter is expressed by body distortion and transformation: oversized mouth and dropped breasts... The image of childhood becomes threatening because of the impressive dolls’ heads and their eyes placed in buttons. This surreal and plastic collection is a catharic summary of the student’s universe.
Photographer Nicolas DJAVANSHIR Muah Amelie ESNOU Model Cindy Philippe Pauline LEULLIEUX
Carolin Holzhuber expands on her own collection’s point of inspiration in her collaboration with Iris Van Herpen. As many designers choose to fight back against the breakneck speed of the fashion cycle and the unbalanced scales of the craft leaning more and more towards profit rather than art form, Holzhuber looks to the small but powerful statement - No -. Taking a stand against tumultuous times and systems, the strength and stability in the designs are unwavering. The intensity of the shoes themselves encourages one to take the time to engage visually with the striking concepts. While the Iris Van Herpen collection - Between The Lines - asks us to admire the subtly and suggestion that is hinted at between the folds and stitches of her sculpted garments, Carolin Holzhuber‘s structural pieces leave no room for misunderstanding the power in her statement. The collaborative collection compliments Van Herpen‘s through the embracing of negative space, making the beauty of the wearer‘s bare skin just as important as the fine nappa leathers and Austrian made carbon fibers Holzhuber so skillfully employs. Made with meticulous care by hand in her east London studio, Holzhuber’s focus on detail is ever present, giving life a meaning to each pair made.