SWEN is a London-based menswear label founded in 2014. The brand is the result of the meeting between Swann Amdeo & Steven Jacques, two young French designers who met in Paris before moving to London. Swann graduated in Fashion Design from Parisian school LISAA - L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués – in 2012. Steven started studying Fashion Management at Mod’Art International and graduated in 2014 from LCF – London College of Fashion.
Swann places the emotion at the center of his work where contradictory elements meet and give birth to lines combining volume, suppleness and graphic richness. From Steven exudes an eclectic universe nourished by his love of urban scenes and multicultural popular silhouettes.
"The AW15 collection expresses the evolution of a man in a group. Friend, brother or lover, he gives and learns from the other, from them. They all support each other, complete each other and sometimes clash. Protecting itself is essential because their links are fragile. Finally, one gives up, let go and open up to the other. They become stronger.
A singular energy emerges from their exchanges leaving marks that clothes are here witnessing. Thus, the low sleeves appear as the mark of support, the mark you leave one someone. Turtlenecks embody protection of identity and from the influence of the other.
The volume of the oversized pants reflects the imposing place that weaknesses can take, preventing from any change and its high-waist tells how retained you can end up. The stiffness of the fabric refers to the intransigence of a decision, either its own or not, that is sometimes hard to leave behind. The proportions are exaggerated, just like feelings. The organic flannel jumpsuit embodies gentleness, integral protection. It allows you to feel safe and warm.
The jerseys demonstrate the malleability, the adaptation to another. This malleability is found on certain cuts, on the green jumper for instance, where the lines come to die forward. The rib organic cotton basics show the thinness from the borders of the outside while showing through a part of oneself. Their fits gives an impression of a second skin, the rib reminds notches that allow the grip, the attachment to another.
This collection also questions identity, the image you give of yourself that defines you, or in which you remain locked. The padded pieces take the appearance of an armor, it protects and modifies the silhouette disproportionately. The nylon, borrowed from sportswear, contains the notion of effort, confrontation.
The woolen coat, major piece of this collection, brings together the two themes by confronting them. The zip allows you to adjust the length and refers to the different self-images you choose to show. Thanks to it, you free yourself from a weight or you choose to live with it.
It also shows reinforcements on the back that could be considered as a shell. In fact, they are a cuddle-pocket. This shell is penetrable, and allows union, protection of the other, manifestation of love. This is the ultimate expression of our identity.
With 'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' Fashion Museum Hasselt reaches new heights continuing successful exhibitions like Axelle Red, UltraMegaLore, Prints, Collection 02(5) and many more. 'Hello My Name Is Paul Smith' was first staged at Design Museum in London, making it one of the most visited exhibitions of Design Museum.
The showcase, entitled Hello My Name is Paul Smith, stages every chapter in Smith's long career, starting with a recreation of his first shop - a compact three-meter-by-three-metre space that he opened in Nottingham in 1970, which visitors can walk around.
The display also features a makeshift version of the designer's office, known for being a myriad of curiosities, full of objects collected from his many travels, as well as artwork, music, bikes and books. Other highlights come by way of a recreation of his design studio and a wall with around 50.000 buttons all manually attached one by one. This exhibition shows insight in Paul Smith work and influences through projections, audio and video clips of catwalk shows and behind the scenes footage and an overview of all the unique Paul Smith shops.
The opening night was a full house with many attendees queuing into the world behind Paul Smith's legendary designs. The exhibition is not a typical fashion showcase where one can wander around dressed mannequins, but rather a road trip through Mr. Smith fascinations and behind the scenes. 'I hope that many youngsters and students will attend the exhibition because I believe it can inspire them to see that inspirations can be found anywhere' Mr Smith stated in his opening speech.
The exhibition in Hasselt is about 400 m2 larger than the British original version, put together by the Design Museum London (curator: Donna Loveday).
The fashion selection was specially expanded for the Hasselt Fashion Museum. Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is open until June 7, 2015.
Dolly Cohen is a 30 year old certified dental technician and metalurgist specialized in custom "mouth jewelry"based in Paris For over 10 years, Dolly has been creating jewels exclusively for the mouth directly inspired from American streetculture and Hip Hop.
She has been creating grillz for a variety of international artists including Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Drake. Her " Grillz" and " Gold teeth" are hand made with an extrême sense of details. Mixing streetstyle with french crafts and savoir faire. Using a variety of materials with great précision from cobalt chronium and gold to diamonds and other precious stones, she is creating unique designs. For her first collaboration with the House of Givenchy, she created three unique pieces for the Men Fall Winter 15 collection.
Continue the story from last season “the perfect imperfection”, SixLee Fall Winter 2015 has brought the attention to the work of a Dutch painter Daniel Martin.
His work comprises explicit portraits of defiled faces and unsettling expression. It feels like the portraits were deliberately damaged after the painting was completed. This consciously cultivated spontaneity in painting is intrinsic to Martin's work. That violation of appearance is anonymous and sidelines the individual's identity and character, and it makes the faces dissolve or return in nature's chaos.
“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
A reason for being here that no one else could tell, you are going to find out by yourself. We all have our own identity and character. We are on a journey to find our own meaning of life. Life is a journey, not a destination. Different emotions give us different perspective on life; Different ways of thinking make life different for each. The way we think can change through experience.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ZEB DAEMEN MAKE UP AND HAIR: VERA DIERCKX MODEL: JONATHAN BAUER HAYDEN from ELITE PARIS
While her mind has already been set on Paris Fashion Week show in March 2015 where she will have a show, she had been invited to participate at 22nd edition of Mercedez Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week.
In Amsterdam Liselore Frowijnpresented her third collection which was inspired by a modern translation of the Triadisch Ballet of Oscar Schlemmer. Furthermore she continues to explore to explore the contrast between sportswear and luxury.
Significant signature in her work is the use of material and textile experiment which makes gives work a very creative, chic and authentic feel. "I my work I try to capture the energy of art, people, music and different cultures and by translating all these aspect into fashion . My dream has come true, my first show is a fact! " stated by Liselore
This was surely the case in Amsterdam where her caused an energetic buzz. What a great talent!
" A faceless brand that’s launched into stockists international inspired by Russian youth and their eclectic approach to re-approprating sports and casual wear from across the decades as availability of new season pieces are limited in rural Russia and eastern Europe.
It takes an “all about the product” perspective on brand rather than the “all about the designer” angle that’s been so popular recently."