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In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

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In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

Ghanaian born and bred and trained in London, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS, has gone back to her roots to produce a new line of luxury-handcrafted bags. Flambouyant in their colour palette, and wonderfully detailed in their craftsmanship, they are a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by leather.

There is no mistaking the origins of these personality plus, practical, but gorgeously decorative accessories. Highly saturated colours exude the vitality that is Africa! Royal blues, siren reds, scorching oranges with hints of natural raffia and classic black – this is a visual taste of that incredibly lively continent.

Handwoven by local women in Bolgatanga, Akosua makes sure she is present throughout the process. Energetically paced like most creatives Akosua has learnt to appreciate the time, and energy, involved in one perfectly crafted bag. Her critical eye views each item before it is allowed to leave her workshop, ensuring that these objects are of the highest level of craftsmanship.

Credits: AAKS

AAKS SPRING SUMMER 2014/2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

South African jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik‘s latest collection ‘Baraka’ for this Spring Summer 2015 has strong North African ethnic ties. These corded, bound, woven, modern-day talismans are stunning creations, a spirited vision from the hotbed of Cape Town.

Striking royal blue, teal and signal blood red combined with gold, black and white make for arresting lucky charms. Inspired by the nomadic tribes of North Africa, the Berbers, and Islamic Malian architecture they are divine amulets and spiritual armour. The Arabic word ‘Baraka’ means blessing, flowing through the physical and spiritual, bringing with it prosperity, protection, and happiness. Core to Pichulik’s design ethic is this connection with the history of adornment. As the designer herself puts it, “Jewellery has always been linked to spirituality and important rites of passage. Pieces were crafted with a purpose and imbued with powers such as protection and healing. ‘Baraka’ excites me as it offers the opportunity to restore this.”

Set against fellow South African fashion designer Kat Van Duien’s voluminous garments in pure white this certainly is an summertime apparition of the most beautiful kind! Layered and bountiful, the dense cord and delicate gold beading are reminiscent of the jewels of days gone by with a modern twist.

Credits: Pinchulik

PICHULIK SPRING SUMMER 2015

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Rosie Assoulin 2015 Ready-to-Wear

American fashion designer Rosie Assoulin’s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection spirits you away with its relaxed yet sophisticated style.

It is clear to see the origins of Assoulin’s inspirations, that of the work of American ceramic artist Betty Woodman. Famous for her deconstructed vessels of feminine silhouettes with their vivid abstract glazes Woodman’s work is free-spirited and her palette is vividly reminiscent of small pastel villages cascading down the coastal hillsides of Italy. Assoulin has taken some of Woodman’s more traditional vase shapes and reinterpreted them using raffia into handbags, also employing this unconventional material to make that fabulous golden apricot tiered skirt.

It is that quintessential Mediterranean colour palette of emerald, lemon, terracotta, sage, rose and siren red, with that elegant sense of structure that is so signature to Rosie Assoulin. Tiered fabrics flair out, boxy pants, tied waists and shoulders, cascading decadent yardages, plunging necklines and bare shoulders that are demure but vivacious. With concealed zippers to add or remove layers of frills these outfits can easily shift from day to night.

The antiquated backdrop only enhances the majestic couture of her incredibly sculptural garments. These are sophisticated outfits, full bodied and poised, with a wink to the glamour days of old.

Credits: Style

Rosie Assoulin Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

In/Out: Preen Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015

Preen by Thorton Bregazzi is the work of Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. Their ready-to-wear Spring 2015 collection hit the catwalk with a blast of colour and pattern. Taking their inspiration from cricket, 80’s hip hop and the African Masai it’s no wonder they delivered a complex, layered look.

Renowned for deconstructing vintage looks with a penchant for the Victorian era, this new direction was much more athletic. It was a heady mix of asymmetrical, disassembled and collaged tailoring with exposed chunky plastic zippers, beaded fringing and quilted tops.

The patchworks of prints with strong linear graphics resembled jungle camo of the future. Hints of neon cheekily popped through black and white illustrations. Flowing florals were decidedly feminine, while strong sports stripes in red and navy were assertive.

Credits: Style.com

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Saloni Spring Summer 2015

London based Fashion Designer Lodha Saloni brings us a celebration of optimism in her Spring Summer 2015 collection. Vivid colours and spirited hand-painterly patterns are teamed up with confident, classic, feminine cuts.

Saloni designs for the free spirit. Her tailoring is suggestive, with a side of intelligence. Plunging necklines complement long sleeves or wide pants, bare shoulders fall down to mature hemlines, mini shorts and skirt lines are accompanied by jackets or loose tops with mid-length sleeves. Maxi, mini, capri, a-line, playsuit, flounce and flirt – its all here!

And how about those colours? Apricots, mustards, canary yellow, soft neutrals and then bang: king-parrot red, royal blue, apple, oak leaf and lime green, mandarin orange and boy blue. Its a heady mix, balanced beautifully across the collection.

Credits: Vogue

Saloni Spring Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

In/Out: Chloe Resort 2015

British designer Clare Waight Keller has come up trumps with her collection for Chloé this Resort 2015. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy, Keller not only drew on the modernist architecture but also envisioned the experience between architectural form and the daily rituals of its occupants and their interaction with the interior spaces of the Villa.

The musings on this dialogue between the architecture and the interiors is represented by this collection of weighty enclosures of outer garments, sensuous and almost architectural silhouettes, upholstery-weight fabrics, and tiled geometric patterning. The garments’ very foundations, that of the human body, are exemplified by generous constructions of fabric belted and laced at the waist creating off centered swathes that dress and frame body structure. Delicate black and nude lace veils modest slips.

There is a very clear appreciation for the timelessly beautiful palette of the Villa Savoye in this collection’s vintage mustards, royal blues, emerald green, nudes and of course, its signature blacks and whites.

Credits: Chloé

Chloé Resort 2015

In/Out: Nina Donis

In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis
In/Out: Nina Donis

Muscovites, Nina Tatiana and Donis Pupis, are the creative duo behind fashion label Nina Donis. Not new to the scene having started their fashion label 14 years ago, their hard work has paid off. They are now considered to be at the head of Russia’s most influential designers.

Each garment is homogenous in colour with carefully orchestrated bold singular broad brushstrokes of contrasting colour – almost as if a paint roller has been applied. These are uniforms for the style conscious. Simple in form, the fabric choice and nominal embellishment is what gives them a deliciously breezy effect. They are construction worker, meets farm picnic, meets Japanese origami, meets an austere English sensibility with a rainy day melancholia.

Tatiana and Pupis have been tagged as ‘pioneers of the experimental minimalist design in Russia’. It’s an earnest compliment that is well deserved.

Credits: Thisispaper Magazine

Nina Donis

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

In/Out - Tome Resort 2015

Tome are strutting their luxurious wearable staples this season, their very first Resort collection. Designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin are born and bred in Sydney, and now live the New York dream with Anna Wintour’s blessings.

Lobo and Martin’s use of mixed earthy tones, blushy pinks, mustard, buttery yellows, warm shades of brown and beige mixed in with orange, teal, navy, black and white is tender but lively. The way their silhouettes enclose the body and the detailing of the junctions has a vernacular appeal; pleated and zipped with considered drape and gape and tied with matching cord belts at waist and necks.

An essence of crunchy, shiny and metallic fabrics compliment predominantly smooth textiles. Two-toned lace and shiny raw silks with their uneven slumping, wrap with volume as oversized outer layers. High necks, articulated zippers and generous pockets add another layer to these graceful garments.

Jackie Nickerson‘s photographic show ‘Terrain’ of African farm workers provided an artistic muse for Lobo and Martin. It is no surprise that this collection also benefits their ‘White Shirt Project’ for ‘Freedom For All’, an on-the-ground organization that creates long-term, systemic changes to end slavery founded by Katie Ford. The Tome gents don’t plan one easing up on their fashion-meets-social agenda with intentions to set up factories where emancipated sex workers can train to sew. The white shirts they make will, in turn, benefiting others.

Credits: Tome

TOME RESORT 2015

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

Nuno Henriques, the driving force behind Toino Abel has returned to his family’s village, Castanheira, in Portugal. Going back to his roots, Henriques ensures that these enchanting traditional baskets founded by his great grandfather, José Custódio Barreiro, are kept alive in this modern world.

Toino Abel’s manufacturing is headed up by Henriques’s great aunt. She oversees six employees who have been making the baskets for decades. ‘Every step of the process is done by hand: The women cut the reed sticks into bunches of equal size, clean and dry them and clear their colour in a process of burning sulphur. Afterwards they colour the remaining darker pieces with colour pigments and weave them on a hand loom in a variety of patterns. The finished parts are being stitched together in the form of a bag. The handles of the baskets are made of willow branches that are bound and fastened onto the baskets.’

Toino Abel baskets speak of long lazy days full of romantic picnics, good food and wine, and fantastic company. Summer is on its way…

Credits: Toino Abel

TOINO ABEL

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In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

Since gradutating in 2012 from the Aalto University School of Arts in Design & Architecture, Finnish fashion designer Satu Maaranen has been setting the fashion world on fire.

Finnish born and bred to a life and love of the outdoors, she takes inspiration from nature and has been known to use sand, sawdust and grass in her designs. This, teemed with the inspiration from iconic design figures Marimekko and Christo, means Maaranen doesn’t shy away from big sweeping gestures and bold abstract expressions of painterly colour.

Her use of colour and form is awe-inspiring. Ridgid yet soft, her designs are full of personality, almost inhabiting the wearer. We just love those brave brushstrokes of colour.

Credits: Thisispaper

Satu Maaranen Spring Summer 2015

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