Wednesday, 7 November 2018

HOW&WOW - Studio

Christa van der Meer

Crafts Council Nederland presented the exhibition HOW &WOW - Studio in VEEM building during the Dutch Design Week 2018

Featuring work of: Agustina Bottoni, Astrid Luglio, Babs van den Thillart, Boris de Beijer, Christa van der Meer & Gino Anthonisse – Das Leben am Haverkamp, Christine Jetten, Daan Veerman, David Derksen, De Ploeg, EE Exclusives, Emma Wessel, Foteine Makri, Joana Schneider, Lio de Bruin, Louët, Maartje Trooster, Makers Unite, Making and Metal, Maartje van der Heide, Nane-Sophie Bergmann, Patric Bakker, Sara Ricciardi, Tamara Verbruggen, Wieger van der Heide and Xandra van der Eijk.

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Shape Shifters - New Order of Fashion

Chien Hsiang Hung, T'ang Sheng
Modebelofte / New Order of Fashion

Each year, during the Dutch Design Week, Modebelofte is one of the must see fashion showcases. Modebelofte, in the future to continue as New Order of Fashion,  is a project that shows the forefront of young fashion designers who strive towards more autonomy, imagination, and experimentation in how we express the complexities of we shape our identites. The 2018 edition translated the need of humans to transform into the contept of shapeshifting within a bubble-like installation designed by Harm Rensink.
The New Order of Fashion displays a fresh look of the state of the art coming from the new generation of designers.

Participating designers were  Sinéad O’Dwyer, Kota Okuda, Floyd Hogan, Yuting Zhu, Lingfeng ZHU, Pierre-Louis Auvray, Emma Wessel, Anna Dorian, Studio PMS, Stina Randestad, Marie Sloth Rousing, Chien Hsiang Hung, Axel Backlund, Stefan Kartchev, Savanah Avery, River Renjie Wang, Alicia Minnaard, Matilda Söderberg, Juha Vehmaanperä, Paolo Carzana and Lieselot Elzinga.
In addition there were cooperations under the new concept Fellowships, containing two projects: Ecco Leather x Kira Goodey and  Kobe x AnoukxVera.

The magical concept of shapeshifting must be deeply ingrained into our psyche, as it is a popular theme in myths and fairy tales, in shamanism and witchcraft, in religious texts and science fiction, in the arts and culminating in our modern ‘makeability’ cultus.
The New Order of Fashion team perceives an increasing desire to alter not solely our digital selves, but also our actual physical form. By bending gender and appreciating beauty in diversity, and through our fitness fanaticism, cosmetic surgery, and biohacking, the human form is altered to that of a cyborg. A surprising number of young designers are researching new expressions of identity as an answer to a fast changing and multidimensional living environment, considering the increasing influence of technology, migration issues and climate change. Fashion offers an endless toolbox of silhouettes, expressions, associations and identifications.


ROBOT LOVE is an accessible and interactive multidisciplinary exhibition about the love between humans and robots.
In ROBOT LOVE, more than 50 artists, designers and scientists ask you whether robots are capable of love. And whether you could love them.

The exhibition is staged in a large setting at the Campina Milk Factory in Eindhoven and open until 2nd of December 2019.

ROBOT LOVE will provide an intruiging journey and awake thoughts on the influence technique and science have on our society.

Robot Love is organised by the Niet Normaal Foundation, previously responsible for, among others, Niet Normaal, Ja Natuurlijk and recently Hacking Habitat. 

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Złota Nitka - Łódź Young Fashion 2018

Adrian Krupa
The Final Gala of the National Contest "Złota Nitka" 2018

On Thursday evening, 18th of October, the national contest Złota Nitka took place at Academy of Fine Arts Łódź as part of the Łódź Young Fashion 2018 festival.
The contest is aimed at both professional and debuting designers - artists affiliated with fashion schools, art colleges and freelancers, born after 1988. However, graduating from schools and previous achievements in the field of fashion are not as important as a fresh approach to global trends and courage in presenting one's own style.
The goal of the contest is to present the potential of Polish designers. An important criterion for the contest is how usable the collection is - the fulfilment of the ‘ready to wear’ condition. The collection must be prepared for mass production.  The leitmotif of this year’s edition is HARMONY.

The winner, Adrian Krupa received 30,000 prize in zlotys and opportunity to present his collection during the final gala of the International Contest – Łódź Young Fashion Award 2018.

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Łódź Young Fashion Award 2018

Laima Jurča

Since 2017, the city of Łódź repositioned itself as a relevant moment in the year for the emerging young designers. The international contest “Łódź Young Fashion Award” dedicated to professional designers and debutants - artists associated with fashion schools, art colleges and freelancers, born after 1988. The theme of this year's edition was "FREEDOM". On October 20, twelve finalists where given the stage on the last day of Łódź Young Fashion festival.
Twelve outstanding designers presented their collections at the Academy of Fine Arts Łódź, the venue where all fashion shows of Łódź Young Fashion take place. Laima Jurča from Latvia was named winner by the jury.  The main prize - the Manequine statuette and 30,000 the euro was handed over by the Major of the City of Lodz, Hanna Zdanowska. Emilie Thirion from Belgium won the special prize of 2,000 euro by the Academy of Fine Arts Łódź. 
The winning collection, PIECGADES ĢENERĀL MĒĢINĀJUMS, thematically refers to the Soviet era - the period of empty shops, limited choice and all-encompassing drabness, which forced huge creativity and ingenuity, and encouraged to create bold things in the comfort of your home. Her author studied "Art of Fashion" at the Art Academy of Latvia and "Fashion Design" at Latvijas Mākslas Akademy. Her plans are to devote her prize to creating her own brand.
Łódź Young Fashion is a great new event organised by Academy of Fine Arts Łódź and City of Łódź, making it again the most interesting fashion event in Poland.

The Finalists:
Barbara Byleuskaya, Sandra Magdalena Dąbrowska,  Katarzyna Dworecka, Anna Gulbe, Laima Jurča, Baiba Tamane, Emilie Thirion, Tanya Tur, Sara Valenci, Riddhi Vora, Jackob Buczynski, Tjaša Zalar

Jury: Leslie Holden, Alberto Caselli, Branko Popovic, Studio MMC, Hanna Zdanowska, Kasia Sokołowska, Jolanta Rudzka-Habisiak, Tomasz Ossoliński, Dawid Tomaszewski, Joanna Strzelecka,Marta Drożdż, Marcin Świderek
All images by brankopopovicblog

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

ModaLisboa - MULTIPLEX

Nuno Gama
ModaLisboa - Lisboa Fashion Week
SS 2019

ModaLisboa - Multiplex edition took place from 11 - 14 October at the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes, celebrating the multiple ways of living and making fashion. The SS2019 edition of the biggest fashion gathering in Portugal, successfully showcased the most important Portuguese designers, industry professionals, journalists and international guests. It was a real pleasure to be part of this celebration again.

In addition to catwalk shows, Wonder Room and talks a new feature to the programme was introduced, the Workstation. The multidisciplinary platform contained design, fashion, photography and illustration. Five young designers presented their collection on October 11 in the gardens of Estufa Fria. Among them FASHIONCLASH Festival participants João Oliveira and Filipe Augusto and designers Tiago Loureiro, Cristina Real and António Castro. Throughout the days that follow the photographers and illustrators showed their view on the Multiplex edition. In particular, the works of the illustrators Perky Mary, Mafalda Fialdo and Camila Gondo were noticed.

Pavilhão Carlos Lopes

The fashion show schedule kicked off on Friday with emerging designers. ModaLisboa continues their support for new talent through Sangue Novo (New Blood) platform. 10 designers where selected to show their collection, among them the FASHIONCLASH Festival talent Pu Tianqu from China. Since several editions, the platform has been broadened to include international designers, making it an exciting mix.

FASHIONCLASH Festival winner, Carolina Raquel
FASHIONCLASH Festival winner, Carolina Raquel
On behalf of FASHIONCLAH, I had the pleasure to meet all the designers and choose one as winner of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2019. Making the decision was not easy! All candidates presented interesting proposals. Eventually there can be only one winner and this time I named Carolina Raquel as winner. Certainly, worth mentioning are Saskia Lenaerts who will proceed her path at the MA at Central Saint Martins, the conceptual designer Federico Protto, the Spanish designer Victor Huarte and the one-to-watch designer from Portugal, Rita Carvalho.

Away to Mars
The intensive program with shows from well-known and upcoming designers took place in the coming days. Even the threat of Hurricane Leslie could not stop fashion storm that hit the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes and the surrounding parks. Even the National Museum of Ancient Art was hit. The always anticipated show by Nuno Gama took place in the museum. The mannequins were scattered on the floor dedicated to Portuguese painting and sculpture. The models where places as "living" statues among the exhibited works of art. The Saint Vincent Panels, which are on the third floor of the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA), were the main reason for Nuno Gama to choose the place to present his collection.

Powered by Portugal Fashion, Alexandra Moura was returned to ModaLisboa, presenting the 'Heirloom' collection inspired by childhood heritage. Telling a story of a girl from the city that spends her holidays on her grandmother's house in the countryside.

Away to Mars again presented a strong collection with beautiful prints and beautiful ready-to-wear garments. Their Drawn by Light collection was not only a complete story, but also the cast models was on point. Aleksandar Protic always presents well-designed pieces where you can clearly see the hand of the couturier who respectfully deals with fabrics and knows how to dress the female body. This time he surprised with a wider range of colours and garments. He succeeded with the application of neon. Other highlights were the collections of Patrick de Padua, Luis Carvalho, Ricardo Andrez, Kolovrat and Constança Entrudo.
Dino Alves, the closing show of the Multiplex edition

View my photo report for a summary of the highlights.
All images by brankopopovicblog

Polimoda Duets Series

Polimoda launches documentary series with cultural icons, starting with Marina Abramović

Polimoda has launched Polimoda Duets, a series of documentary interview videos with icons of contemporary culture, whose first installment features pioneer and founder of performance art Marina Abramović. With this new project, the fashion institute opens its doors to the worlds of art, music, cinema and modern culture, broadening its collaboration with key industry figures – currently ranging from the Polimoda Rendez-Vous series to the Fashion Discussion panel discussions – with a new exclusive video format. In each episode, a global cultural legend will be interviewed by a select interlocutor – from top journalists to scholars and experts in the field – to discuss key themes of contemporary society.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sangue Novo - ModaLisboa Multiplex

Victor Huarte
The fashion show schedule of the ModaLisboa - Multiplex edition kicked off on Friday evening with Sangue Novo (New Blood) platform. Ten young designers where selected to show their collection, among them the FASHIONCLASH Festival talent Pu Tianqu from China. Since several editions, the platform has been broadened to include international designers, making it an exciting mix. 
On behalf of FASHIONCLAH, I had the pleasure to meet all the designers and choose one as winner of FASHIONCLASH Festival 2019. Making the decision was not easy! All candidates presented interesting proposals. Eventually there can be only one winner and this Carolina Raquel was named winner.
Her collection ‘induviae’ explores meaningless and meaningful relationships between ourselves and our garments. By elevating them to the core object of debate, ‘induviae’ ponders new meanings about garments as personal objects and, consequently as a valuable depository of memory.
The Co.Re designer duo won the The Feeting Room prize. Their collection 'Modern Daze' is is inspired by the growing epidemic of anxiety. They aim to show a glimpse of the syndrom and how it restricts the people who live with it daily.

Six designer where selected by the jury for the Sangue Novo Award which gives the the opportunity to show their collection in March 2019. Each of them received a monet prize of 1000 euros to develop their new collection. The same jury will elect the ModaLisboa Sangue Novo prize winner in partnership with Polimoda. The winner will receove a 5000 euros scholarship  and will have the opportunity to attend Polimoda Master in fashion design in Florence.
The six finalists are Carolina Raquel, Opiar, Rita Carvalho, Federico Protto, Rita Carvalho and Archie Dickens.

Certainly, worth mentioning is Saskia Lenaerts who will proceed her path at the MA at Central Saint Martins. She presented 'Rare Fruit' collection that stands for diversity, a stating that nowadays everybody is a hybrid. The collection is based on the remaining effects of colonialism.
"This collection is based in the remaining effects of colonialism. It questions the sustainability of the global garment circulation and simultaneously, challenges and raises humanitarian issues concerning decolonization and otherness, as I believe the two are undeniable intertwined."
Last but not least, the one-to-watch- Spanish designer Victor Huarte, whose collection Britannia is inspired by the celebration of 4th of July at Eton school ships procession in England. Presenting a playful reinterpretation of folklore and experimenting with mens/womenswear clothing codes.

Carolina Raquel

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

i-Classics – Empty Minds

philharmonie zuidnednederland x FASHIONCLASH x playField. 

On 11th October i-Classics Empty Minds premiered at Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, followed by a performance at Complex in Maastricht. Rather than leaning back the audience become a part of a complete new experience of music, fashion design and video in a performance accompanied by more than 50 musicians.

In the past ten years, FASHIONCLASH has developed as an innovative interdisciplinary platform known for the many clashes. Special collaboration projects have been developed in which fashion clashed with theater, dance, film and art. philharmonie zuidnednederland x FASHIONCLASH is maybe not the expected cooperation, but this is exactly what FASHIONCLASH aspires. By placing fashion design in a different context, questioning fashion, discovering fashion in the broadest form of the word, new fashion narratives are born and encounters are born.
For this project FASHIONCLASH has invited the playField. collective to develop a concept and direct the play in which public participation is a guiding principle. In addition, jewellery designer and prop maker Minou Lejeune is invited to design a hat that will be part of the audience experience.

i-Classics Empty Minds is a production by philharmonie zuidnednederland, in collaboration with playField. and FASHIONCLASH.

Conductor: Erik Bosgraaf and Wim Henderickx
Recorder: Erik Bosgraaf
Sounddesign: Jorrit Tamminga
Concept, direction, scenography: playField.
Hat design: Minou Lejeune
In cooperation with: FASHIONCLASH

Compositions: Fiumara Desprez XL, Henderickx Empty Mind I
Special thanks to: Joost Horward (Karmijnrood Podiumkunst), hat production volunteers (Brenda Prins, Arnold Kuiper, Finnie Kuiper, Tiel Janssen, Ans Limpens)

Supported by: BNG Fonds, Europe Direct

Take a look at the photo report.
All images by brankopopovicblog

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Fashion Makes Sense Award 2018

FASHIONCLASH presents the second edition of the Fashion Makes Sense Award. 10 promising young sustainable designers are selected and are in the running to win the jury award and the public award. You can see the designs up close at the exhibition at the Bijenkorf in Maastricht until October 7th. If you can't make it you can also vote online: here

After the first edition of the Fashion Makes Sense Award in 2017 (watch 2017 aftermovie) it was clear that sustainability is a vivid topic amongst young designers and that they gladly take the responsibility for sustainable fashion design. Applications from all over the world flooded our inbox again. That is why FASHIONCLASH decided to develop Fashion Makes Sense Award further as a returning annual project. FMSA is intended on the one hand to stimulate promising fashion talent to reflect on sustainability and to offer support in the development of a responsible collection and on the other hand to make a wide audience aware of issues related to sustainability.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Backstage/Frontstage - Modemuseum Hasselt

The exhibition Backstage / Frontstage, that is open from 22nd September 2018 to the 17th of March 2019 at the Hasselt Fashion Museum, offers a look behind the scenes of the fashion shows phenomena.
In the backstage, a place that the public rarely sees, magic arises: models, stylists, make-up artists and designers are united in one creative hub that works towards the start of the show. The backstage images of the photographer Marleen Daniëls are the reason for the exhibition. Daniel's images, photographed largely analogue and dating from the period 1988-2008, are unique memories of a time when shows were accessible only to a select audience. Using video, photography and silhouettes from leading designers and fashion houses such as Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Dior and John Galliano you will be guided through the backstage of the iconic fashion shows and fashion scene.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Superstition - Marres

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
Marres Superstition exhibition 
22 september - 25 november

When you spill salt, do you throw some over your shoulder? Do you knock on wood when you want something good to happen or blow out birthday candles after making a wish? What about stepping on sidewalk cracks, killing spiders, shattering mirrors and opening an umbrella indoors?

Curator, artist and magic thinker Erich Weiss assembled a wonderful cast for this subject: Nina Beier & Simon Dybbroe Møller, Otto Berchem, Pierre Bismuth, Santiago Borja, Ulla von Brandenburg, Stefan Brüggemann, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Keren Cytter, Uri Geller, Joachim Koester, Germaine Kruip, Nils Nova, Joanna Piotrowska, John Stezaker and Mungo Thomson.

Artists have always had a fascination with phenomena that defy rational explanation. The surrealists were obsessed with the analysis and creative possibilities of dream states. Authors including Antonin Artaud, William S. Burroughs, and Alan Ginsberg explored (sometimes with help of drugs) the boundaries between reality and fiction. Directors Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovski captured the way superstition informed the imagination and consciousness.

Text courtesy of Marres, images brankopopovicblog.

Craig Green Windmills - AW18 Campaign

Craig Green AW18 Campaign
Photography Dan Tobin Smith
Styling Robbie Spencer

Following the flaming sculptures of Spring/Summer 2018, British designer Craig Green has unveiled the campaign images for his Fall/Winter 2018 collection.
This season’s campaign features 13 meters high 'windmill' constructions erected on a cliff’s edge. Windmills as a poetic metaphor of the past that meets the future, instruments of yesterday that thanks to wind energy have become tomorrow.
“I have always thought that windmills are interesting – something that existed in the past as a vital industrial machine powered by nature, a kind of very early use of sustainable energy-powered production,” Craig Green.

Craig Green for Moncler Genius SS 2019

The Craig Green Spring/Summer 2019 collaboration with Moncler was presented during Milan Fashion Week.


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