Article: Christopher George
55s fashion department just cannot keep its feet on the ground at the moment with the international fashion week’s blossoming all over the globe.
Our latest destination was Belgrade, as we have been hearing that the city is bursting with fashion from international talent fighting to platform their collections on the Belgrade catwalk.
Belgrade Fashion Week has participated in introducing almost all-important Serbian fashion designers and made a great contribution to the development of the independent fashion design scene.
This season we were blown away with the creative ideas from these young designers, and especially captivated by print design, pattern cutting and tailoring along with the use of striking colours.
Here are our 6 designers of choice from BFW 2018.
Andy Warhol’s sentence “Kiss me with your eyes” was used as the inspiration for Ana Ljubinkovic’s collection of the same name. This statement describes the relationship between a work of art and its admirer and which represents freedom, love, happiness, joy or sadness… It is obvious that the silhouette is flawed and ripped on purpose, but at the same time is still feminine and soft. With the visuals of classical art and Northern European style mixed in with a contemporary PUNK edge. The collection was both editorial and wearable.
SIDHU JI by Anupreet Sidhu
Founded in 2014 by Anupreet Sidhu with the aim to create simple garments with a twist. Experimental techniques have embraced the laser cutting of materials, such as metal and wood, are extensively used to enhance the appearance of the garments. The designer creates pieces that are practical and interchangeable, making a more diverse and functional collections available to a wider audience.
With striking print designe in a art-house style, 55 found the collection exciting and daring.
FAKTORY by Bosko
Faktory by Boško has launched its new collection for AW18/19 which is inspired by the style of the 80s. By focusing on individuality, the younger market can acquire a sporty but sophisticated look. BOSKO has emphasizes comfort and quality without forgetting to make it visually attractive. The idea is to create an everyday look that is always different and with a twist. All the fabrics used in the collection were sourced from Serbia. One of 55s favourite designers of the season!
RAEGUN by Kamran Patel
Kamran Patel is showing at Belgrade Fashion Week for the second consecutive season. While building a reputation as a talented and innovative designer who continuously pushes the boundaries of design, he also explores the traditional crafts of India that are modernised with today's technological advances in fashion. This season he brought bold colours along with the 70s hippie style and an ethnic stroke of enchantment.
The inspiration for this mini collection came from the futuristic dream scape and visuals in film making and costume design. The film Matrix inspired the sharpness of the cuts, along with a nod to hippie culture contributing to the 70s’ silhouettes in a futuristic look. Attention to the detail and cuts really made this collection power dressing! We loved it and cant wait to see more from this talented new kid on the fashion block.
Inspired by the powerful energy of engines, the collection resembles visually and physically the edgy look and feel of being ready for a race. The complex concept of designing with zips and patents placed under different angles gives a structured, geometric aspect with elements of the futuristic look.
The use of leather and special materials such as latex and neoprene creates a stronger visual that is directly associated with motor bikers. The combination of colours (white, black and grey with red) is an important part of the collection because it challenges the traditional idea of the everyday aesthetic.
An incredible men and women's collection with direction and continuity throughout. Being able to dress comfortably and excessively without too much drama. This is a city collection to be seen in the urban edges to the sophistication of the city highlife.