Void of Course present an uncompromising and focused fourth collection for Autumn/Winter 2012 in “Sharp Edges”, inspired by ideas of privacy in public and returning exposed to the essence of the brand. A softer, contemplative approach to their signature aesthetic challenges what has been seen in previous seasons, without losing the essence of this cult designer brand.
“Sharp Edges” looks to the pre-mid century work of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s iconic costumier Gilbert Adrian, inspiriting the elegance and simple-opulence of his signature with the urban and street influences that form the foundation of the Void of Course aesthetic. At once exposing and concealing the wearer, nude panels sit amidst blacks and greys, containing the body within cage-like silhouettes and eluding to flesh, directing attention away from the garment and instead onto pause and space upon the body. Latex, neoprene, satins and reverse-appliqué herald a contemporary twist on retrospective silhouettes tempering a light-hearted and unexpected glamour for the current day. Statement leather accessories for which Void of Course have come to be known remain at the heart of this season’s offering, returning stripped back and organic in shape, reflecting the defiant unfussed simplicity seen throughout the collection.
Above: A new series of Wearable Sculpture. Photography Jonas Lindström. Model Megg Morales @ Pearl Model Management.
I came across Rein Vollenga new series of wearable sculptures through Diane Pernet blog, which is always an amazing source of inspiration, and I was immediately overwhelmed by this fresh new release. The new and completely white futuristic collection is quite distant and almost antithetical from the last season’s triumph of darkness yet still keeping its very distinct signature style.
In the wake of his previous work, Rein continues to experiment with combining artificial high gloss surfaces with traditionally hand-sculpted material, creating ready to wear handmade sculptures that preserve individuality in every single piece. The result is a rad collection of totally avant-garde art pieces with a sleek feel and twisted aesthetic, just as we like it!
Rein Vollenga (NL) lives and works in Berlin. The artist is known for his highly visceral sculptures that show a fascination for the human body merged with a synthetic aesthetic. These opposites are reflected in his technique of combining found generic objects with traditionally hand-sculpted material, the craftsmanship being in stark contradiction to the sleek high gloss surfaces of the finished work. Vollenga’s sculptures have been exhibited in both museums and galleries. He has had exhibitions in Milan, Vienna, Oslo, The Hague, Berlin and Tokyo, among others. Also, Vollenga’s so-called wearable sculptures – objects that can occasionally be worn as sculptural adornments – have been commissioned by several fashion labels, artists and performers. His collaborations include Mugler, Lady Gaga, New Power Studio, Cassette Playa, 2NE1, Hanayo and M-Flo Verbal. The wearable sculptures have been shown during the London and Paris Fashion Weeks and featured in Dazed, i-D, V Man, V, NY Times, Vogue Italia, Sang Bleu, Showstudio and Style.com.
Above: Lady Gaga’s perfume trailer ‘Fame’, Directed by Steven Klein. Featuring RV Wearable Sculptures.
Above: First collection of Wearable Sculptures - photography by jonas lindström
“No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness”
‘Hotel Skovgaard, Room 77′ is a visionary and surreal fashion film. Shot in Dubai in collaboration between Danish shoe designer Camilla Skovgaard and acclaimed director Ali F. Mostafa, it was released during NY fashion week. I am loving the haunted, sick vibe and the track too, very trippy.
Today’s crush is on Lilia Yip Mirrormasque collection shots, really digging the clean but twisted styling.
Loving especially the latex gloves, they remind me of an article I read on Vice last month “Tuck it all there – FETISHIZING THE LATEX DREAM IN THE BRAZILIAN RAINFOREST: it tells the story of Willi Graber who, by realizing that wearing rubber gloves could get away with all sorts of forbidden deeds, unscathed, started his own latex label Fetisso. Interesting article, quite funny, worth a reading if you have a minute.
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Designer Lilia Yip
Art Director Marina de Magalhaes
Photographer Mariell Amelie
Stylist Marina de Magalhaes
Hair Adlena Dignam
Make-up Michelle Dacillo
Model Wylie Hays at Next
Styling Assistant Ana Rita
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