As for many others, the human collective culture remains an endless inspiration for Jan-Jan Van Essche to create new garments, each new design a genuine attempt to open up new perspectives and to push conflicting dialogues forward.
With every series of garments, traditional patterns from different ethno cultural origins are cautiously studied and subsequently interpreted in the designer’s individual pattern language; one speaking the poetry of simplicity.
Jan-Jan Van Essche mostly opts to remove all possible seams and minimalizing the details and cultural connotation, while maximizing the comfort for the wearer and therefore proposing an experience that works from the within. Unlike classic Western approach to confine and shape the body, Jan-Jan provides the body the luxury and freedom to shape the garment. His sincere and discrete designs are executed in carefully sourced, refined quality fabrics of natural fibres, all contributing elements inducing ones awareness and state of mind.
Contributing to this story of minimizing anecdotic connotations some fabrics remain un-dyed or even loom state, the colours are rather to the muted palette and the black colour with its endless shades is always present to rigorously accentuate the silhouettes.
Jan-Jan Van Essche continuously aims to develop new insights on contemporary yet effortless male elegance. His pieces are layered with subtlety, integrated into modern-day city life and into personal wardrobes, slowly and carefully playing their humble role in finding connection and acceptance. They see no boundaries, no limitations, no restrictions no exclusions. The conventional male silhouette is amplified and each individual garment literally leaves room for interpretation, engendering openness.
The wearer of Jan-Jan Van Essche is a gentle soul in constant dialogue with one’s personal context as well as with the world as a whole. Like the garments the wearer is humble and is unrestrained.
Jan-Jan Van Essche is born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he has his design studio. He’s a 2003 graduate of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
In June 2010 Jan-Jan Van Essche launched his first eponymous label as an annual wardrobe. COLLECTION#1 – ‘YUKKURI’, Japanese for ‘take it easy’ or ‘slowly’. This title also became his intrinsic and conceptual approach to contemporary menswear as a designer.
Visit the Website: www.janjanvanessche.com
David Laport - a brand aesthetic is one of modern classic silhouettes, which contemporize the female form.
Graduating from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2012, David Laport (1986) showcased his wind-blown collection. Taken by his ingenuity in technique and strength of concept, he gained extensive media coverage, which kickstarted his career.
The David Laport brand aesthetic is one of modern classic silhouettes, which contemporize the female form. This means that the cut and fit of a garment takes centre stage and this form-following approach lends itself very well to bespoke tailoring.Specializing in women’s wear, Laport draws inspiration from experimental female silhouettes. These are often sculptural in shape, yet light and prone to movement. A brightly accented colour palette keeps the overall image fresh.
The Volkskrant of 2015 selected Laport as one of the year’s upcoming fashion designers and the following year he was chosen as the Stimuleringsfonds talent of 2016.
Laport has expanded his horizons by doing a variety of freelance collaborations such as with The Dutch National Ballet and with Foam during the Helmut Newton Exhibition.Having done several Amsterdam Fashion Week shows, this experience prepared Laport for his biggest show to date, which took place in September’s Paris Fashion Week 2015 in collaboration with Dutch Vogue. This led to a number of exceptional collaborations with institutions like Foam and the Aquarium of Artis.
Recent red carpet creations on artists like Solange Knowles for the MET Gala 2016, as well as Sia and Jessie J, have placed the label in international limelight. The canal-side studio in Amsterdam has consequently enjoyed an influx of fresh collaborations. David and his team are currently focusing on a ready-to-wear line in collaboration with a high-end multibrand showroom in Paris.
Visit the Website: www.davidlaport.com
Pop-art meets whimsical ideas: a style that is celebrated by stars such as Gwen Stefani and Rihanna. The Creative Director from fashion house Moschino is about to launch a second collaboration with CYBEX. The tagline for this collection could not have been chosen more adequately ...
Your work for CYBEX is childfriendly but not childlike, how do you walk the line?
I think »whimsical« is a great adjective to describe my design as it captures your imagination, always with sprinkles of the unexpected!
Do you adopt an alternative mindset when working for children?
Honestly, I approach each design the same way: how can I make it better? How can I make it unique? How can I make it visually clear that it comes from me?
Has the discipline of designing in the children sector had any influence on your fashion work?
The influence has been in the other direction — I have tried to bring my high fashion designs into a world that is for a child.
Your last collection for CYBEX was a circus tent of colour, this one is black and gold. What is the direction?
I wanted to show a contrast from the colourful and graphic first season stroller set and pull ideas from a different part of my design vocabulary. This time I decided to do a rendition of my iconic wings in gold. The wings have a soft deco feel, and curve as well as volume, which make them look almost plush. I felt the perfect way for these wings to shine was to pair them with black — and just let all the details in the stroller, like the spokes of the wheels, go gold, so the gold can really sing!
Wings feature in a lot of your work, including the critically-acclaimed Adidas by Jeremy Scott collection. What was your original inspiration for the wings?
I’ve done wings in so many variations over so many years. From the very start of my collections there have been wing-like elements, from dresses and bustiers to jeans and, of course, my wing shoes. Freedom is what I express most: the wings are the ultimate expression that anything and everything is possible!
What is it about your wings that have caught the popular imagination?
I would say it is because they are whimsical and unexpected at the same time — an iconic element of our consciousness.
You have used the slogan »Adults Suck Then You Are One« for your adult collections. Tell us more about your idea here.
It’s a famous quote from the Great American Philosopher: Bart Simpson.
Is there really no place like home?
Yes it is true there is no place like home, as Dorothy says in »The Wizard of Oz«. But I’m from Kansas City, Missouri — Dorothy was from our neighbour state, Kansas.
Your strollers and baby carriers are a beautiful matte black with shiny gold details. What would be a perfectly matching outfit for the parent?
All black everything — with gold jewelry!
What product would you most like to design, perhaps in partnership with CYBEX?
A robot stork that really does fly, carrying your baby to you just like in the olden-day cartoons.
What advice do you give to new parents to keep their style as they juggle careers, relationships and parenthood?
Wipe and wear« is a way for people to stay stylish with babies.
CYBEX founder Martin Pos has built the company into a world leader in just ten years, how does his kind of energy move you?
Martin’s enthusiasm and passion for creating the best, most stylish and coolest products are, for sure, the reasons I chose to work with CYBEX again.
Courtesy of Cybex