Quinten Mestdagh is the graduate of the Antwerp Academy. For his 2017 Graduating collection designer was inspired by ripped up publicity panels in the Parisian subway and his “love and passion for fashion photography and imagery translated through a strong graphic identity.” The result was a playful and colourful collection.
In his interview Quinten Mestdagh says, that the starting point for the collection was the concept that showed the power and strength of fashion photography and fashion imagery. The designer have been attracted to highly stylized and iconic fashion images in magazines and advertisements and they were the main inspiration for starting the collection.
At the Paris metro stations the advertisement posters was ripped off and seeing these ripped advertisements, Quinten create the idea of an act of aggression on a beautiful picture, a kind of disruption of an image.
Quinten Mestdagh make collages and 3D paper compositions. Glossy pictures of women’s faces are disrupted by paper rips and shreds resembling the damaged advertisements, creating a tension and roughness in contrast to the beauty showcased in fashion photography.
The shapes of the Quinten Mestdagh clothing are clean and architectural. They had an elegance of mid-century couture gowns, but also a kind of static and strong feeling that worked really well with the impact of the prints.
The designer used trompe l’oeil effects by printing the paper collages on different fabrics. This way, it has the effect and lightness of paper but the fabrics have enough stiffness and structure to hold the shapes. He also worked with pleating in full skirts where the two pictures are fused together to recreate the feeling of rotating billboards.
Most of the women in the prints are fashion icons of the 50’s and 60’s like Penelope Tree. Quinten placed them next to contemporary models like Karen Elson to get the contrast between beauty ideals and tendencies from then and now.
Aristides Vanis is London based Greek designer. Having background in theatrical costume and cinema, Aristides created unique and eye catching prints for clothes. Caricatures, animals and food was the main inspiration of his creations his 2014 graduate MA collection.
Lviv Fashion Week is one of the best fashion events in Ukraine. The last FW 2016 season held April 24 – 27. Off schedule shows include collections by Natalia Ligorova, Kira Algina, Anton Yaroshchyk. All are young and talanted designers from Belarus.
Natalia Ligorova showed very interesting menswear – good quality and unexpected textiles. It’s a pity, my photoes can’t convey the textures of materials:
Kira Algina showed dynamic black & white urbanistic collection with interesting prints:
The Anton Yaroshchyk’s collection was dedicated to the white crow as a symbol of freedom. This collection was the most imaginative of the three and has beautiful accessories, handmade by Anton himself:
Read also about the most beatiful collection at Lviv Fashion Week:
Yesterday very talented Ukrainian designer Tetiana Chorna has presented her new line of acsessoires “At the beginning was the body”. Different body parts (arms, ears and even collarbone) Tetiana formed from leather.
The show was conceptual: models in white clothes posed with detached faces and finally formed the picture of the couple, lying in embraces. It was the victory of body, it was art.
Manon Kündig studied at l’Ecole d’Arts Appliqués de La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. Afterwards she entered the Fashion Department at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she graduated with honour in 2012. Her work shows a fascination for the human kind in general, popular culture, passions of all sorts, craftsmanship, digital media and sarcasm. It is based on technical and practical research, which among others resulted in inflatable latex garments, hand-marbled silk, sculptural shoes and maniacal ornamentation.
Manon has an ambiguous relation to fashion, driven to catharsis by the all girl collective LVMM, with which she performs in happenings. Their work deals with happiness and exposure, and blurs the relation between artist and public, stage and crowd.
Text from http://www.notjustalabel.com