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5 CITIES // 5 DESIGNERS



By Lana Hunt

CITY // LODON, ENGLAND
DESIGNER // YEASHIN KIM

Yeashin KimSouth Korean Yeashin Kim is a twenty-two-year-old London College of Fashion graduate. At the age of twelve, Kim was already creating fine art, but seeing her first fashion show at seventeen caused her to shift her career path toward fashion. Despite the hard work it takes to establish a career in fashion design, Kim finds the extroversion and dynamism of the industry an irresistible draw.

“Underwater Creatures,” shown, is inspired by colorful corals and unique sea creatures yeashin has found. She is also inspired by the Rococo period and the clothing that appears in the paintings of Antoine Watteau. Kim creates clothes that can make people happy and joyful just by looking at them or wearing them. She hopes that by mixing sea life and Rococo forms, her collection will achieve this sense of joy.

CITY // RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL
DESIGNER // ANAT MARTKOVICH

Anat MartkovichAnat Maratkovich is an Israeli designer with Latvian roots and international aspirations. She isn’t afraid to propose unconventional beauty, pushing the boundaries of what we perceive as beauty with her own added spice. She has worked in both fashion and film costume design, and in the future she aims to reach Hollywood with her designs—both on and off the silver screen.

“Cut & Paste,” shown, is inspired by knowledge, the flow and abundance of information in our age, and how we, as individuals, cannot possibly contain it all. We must pick what we choose to believe, or even what we choose to see in the first place. The designer’s editing process is a selective one, taking existing texts and images and editing them, hiding and cutting out while highlighting and embellishing. The same elements are also used for prints and pattern design, reflecting Anat’s vision of the world.

CITY // NEW YORK, NEW YORK
DESIGNER // ABIGAIL STEWART

Abigail StewartAbigail Stewart is a luxury womenswear designer based in New York, New York. Specializing in luxury garments, cocktail and red carpet pieces, the designer garners inspiration from a wide range of films, books, music, art, and environments, from fairy tales to the Rococo, science fiction and magical realism, glam rock and italian cinema, enchanted gardens and fantasy lands.

“Bone Machine,” the collection shown, was named after Tom Waits’ 1992 album, a surreal and dreamlike musical reality. During the concept development, Stewart drew on imagery of dried bones, midnight landscapes, shape-shifters and hauntings. The garments reflect the ethereal quality of ghosts, but are confined to skeleton-strict structures. The pieces hover around the body—as an apparition cleaves to its former earthly shape—or they act as an extension of the body. Fabrics appear weightless; satin-faced organza and handwoven brushed mohair mold with controlled seam lines.

CITY // EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
DESIGNER // DAVID VALLANCE

David VallanceIn 2011, David Vallance graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and showcased his graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week in london. The designer considers his inclusion in the talent issue of Italian Vogue as his biggest achievement to date.

“Flirting with Conformity,” shown, is inspired by Vallance’s recent trip to La Dune du Pilat in France, a place of contrasting environments. Through the use of contrasting fabrics, such as satin organza and doe-skin wool, and combining new methods of pattern-cutting with classic tailoring, the collection manages to be structural yet wearable, soft yet hard, creating the perfect sense of contrast.

CITY // COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
DESIGNER // LAURA BARUËL

Laura BaruelThe work of Laura Baruël focuses on the relation between modern man and nature. She works as a scientist in the undefined area between design, craft, set design and art. The outcome is experimental fashion design ranging from one-off exhibition pieces to ready-to-wear dresses and textile design with a unique quality, and costumes for film and theatre. Baruël graduated from the Danish Design School in Copenhagen as a fashion designer and holds a B.A. in art history. Since her graduation, she has participated in several exhibitions and solo shows around the world.

With the “Flora” collection, shown, Laura Baruel explores her familiar themes of Scandinavian flora and fauna. Directly deposited into prints and reworked into layers, the surprising forms give an delicate sense of light and summer, recalling the midnight sun of northern Scandinavia.

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