Portuguese designer Nair Xavier’s “Orchidarium” SS15 look book, merges classic tailoring with contemporary sportswear, bringing the “Roaring Twenties” to the 21st Century with inspiration from the 1929 movie “Wild Orchids.” With more than 20.000 species of orchids around the world, “Orchidarium” is the anatomical interpretation of orchids, reconstructed and adapted into menswear, mixing natural materials with technological fabrics.
For me fashion design is a channel for free expression, a way to express everything that is happening in the world today. And even a way to challenge people to embrace new ideas, maybe about culture, gender, politics, nature, history, identity, while at the same time it blends with other types of art, fashion also differs from it, because people live their lives in it everyday.
Before moving to London I took one year of design major in Brazil, where I worked with 3 dimensional structures/sculptures. I believe that has helped me in translating what I observe in the streets, whats happening in the world and combination of different things from my research, and translating them onto the human body. Outside the art environment I did community service in a orphanage in Brazil for 6 months, what I believe was really important to becoming who I am today and it helped me immensely to relate better to other people, and have different visions of the same topics.
PATH is the creation by German born female designer Janine Grosche, launched in 2012 and is based in Beijing + Hong Kong. Grosche’s collections equate a hybrid between highfashion and streetwear with a futuristic, experimental and innovative approach. Digital printed wearable art and contemporary fashion, exceptional pieces come together with a vibrant take on sportswear. PATH Spring/Summer 2015 men’s collection employs a monochrome colour scheme that recalls the aesthetic elegance of black and white, minimal transparency and graphic prints that transform simple staples of modern masculinity into visionary and dynamic pieces defined by texture, shape and depth. A sports-meets-science vibe in the SS15 collection explores an energetic fusion of innovative textiles and the possibilities of digital printing techniques, that pushes the border of menswear further.