Before launching her own brand focusing on womenswear, Paskal was training to be an architect, which is evident in her minimalist looks. She is known for her exacting aesthetic, coming from the rigors and precision of innovative architecture and reductive product design. Beauty comes from the garments’ core components and distinctive details. After just two years of practicing fashion design, Paskal’s eponymous label, PASKAL, was named one of the most promising fashion design brands of Eastern Europe by American Marie Claire.
The fall 2013 collection, pictured, was inspired by ‘90s U.S. fashion, recalling the rave culture and supermodels of that time. The collection emphasizes perforated, laser-cut details, which have become a major part of the brand’s identity.
CITY // FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA
DESIGNER // PATRICIA GARCIA
A 2012 graduate of Savannah College of Art and design, Garcia specializes in “surface design,” creating garments that are intricate in pattern and print, giving clients a one-of-a-kind feeling. Inspired by science and the futuristic aspects of sci-fi, Garcia hones in on innovation, pushing her creative technique in her designs. She’s drawn to unusual fragments in nature and artists like Constance Lowe and Vincent van Gogh, finding constant inspiration for prints and new textures.
The Precarious Affair collection, shown, was inspired by Huguette Clark, a reclusive heiress from New York. After Clark’s death, numerous French Impressionist paintings were found inside her home. The twisted romance of a woman never leaving her home because she had all the beauty in the world within it sparked Garcia’s initial ideas for this collection.
CITY // DALIAN, CHINA
DESIGNER // HAIZHEN WANG
A graduate of Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, Wang has worked for Max Mara, Boudicca and All Saints. With an imaginative approach to women’s identity, Wang is known for masculine femininity with architectural references. Influenced by contemporary feminist philosophy, his style embodies the crucial relationship between function and design. Wang has perfected classical tailoring and bold design, joined with precision and impeccable quality. Since launching his line in 2010, Wang has opened a boutique on Portobello Road, London, and been awarded the prestigious FASHION FRINGE award by Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry.
CITY // BERlIN, GERMANY
DESIGNER // JOlKA WEINS
A graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Weins presented seven looks for her senior collection. Taking concepts that fascinate her, like the nonverbal communication of facial expressions, Weins’ designs are minimalist, yet complexly rooted in depth of thought. The construction of her pieces echoes the idea of flatness explored by Japanese fashion in the late 20th century. By using a laser to create repetitive, systematic slashes in her garments, she is able to give the pieces life when worn, as they react to movement.
Her collection, shown, was inspired by psychologial aspects of facial expressions. She was fascinated by the fact that there is a basic shape to the face, which can be completely changed by the slightest twitch. Weins applied this to her collection by choosing to keep it abstract, focusing on the system of muscles and skin.
The history of the necktie is as rich and colorful as the patterns that adorn them. Designers, actors and royalty in the 1920s and 1930s left a distinctive stamp on the tie that gives the modern man the opportunity