EACH PIECE REPRESENTS MY PERSONAL IMPRESSION OF AN IDEAL WOMAN. THESE WOMEN “WOOD BE” THE ARROGANT AND LIMPID POETS.
optical effect with every step taken. Like a chameleon, it blends in seamlessly with its busy surroundings. Chaves is influenced by intellectual designers such as Maison Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake, whose clever designs shatter the common perceptions of fashion. Some of her previous designs experimented with uncommon materials such as wood, metal, and velcro. And with each new collection Chaves continues to win over a strong following. Chaves’ full collection is available for viewing and purchase on Solestruck.
by a “strange natural phenomenon that happens each spring in Cuba - ‘Crab invasions’ - where millions of red and blue shelled crustaceans emerge from the surrounding bays of Cuba, taking over the island to find their partners,” shared the designers. The nostalgic hues of the mixed cultural retro styles in Cuba meshed with the myriad of maritime cool whites and aqua led to a subdued pallet of soft rainbow hue of the sea. Baartmans & Siegel is fast-becoming a brand to watch as they continue to gain the support of fashion’s elite. They have been recently featured as part of Esquire and Colin McDowell’s 7 Brilliant Brits, in addition to having presented their past two collections with Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East at the Men’s Day of London Fashion Week.
Baartmans & Seigel “Classic elegance with modern masculinity” The future of menswear might just lie in the hands of Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel. Their winning formula is simple: fusing the nodes of classical elegance with the raw edge of modern masculinity. These fresh graduates of the prestigious Menswear Fashion Design and Technology BA and MA courses at London College of Fashion champion the modern man, one who is well aware of his own personal style, sees the value in details and is subtly decadent. Their latest Spring/Summer ’13 collection, titled “Cuban Crab Catchers” was inspired
Baartmans & Siegel is available in major retailers in the UK such as Harrods, Daniel Jenkins and Luna & Curious.
Pasionae “l’art pour l’art” Primarily inspired by multi-cultural New York, Pasionae is a collection of wearable art which adopts the modern aesthetics and contemporary jewellery design. Created based on the concept of passion, as the name suggests, the New York based jewellery line carries uniquely hand-craft-
ed pieces that portray different passions through each design. Using the raw, natural forms of precious stones and nature elements such as emerald and wood, Pasionae experiments with alternative forms and shapes to depict diversity, giving each accessory its own unique personality. Pasionae’s design balances the collection’s aesthetics and functionality to stay true to its concept of l’art pour l’art. Tapping into the rich natural form, shape, texture and colour of the materials, each ring portrays a certain mood, and gives off a certain energy vibe, just like the different types of people in the streets of the Big Apple. The bold and dramatic statement pieces not only claims the focal point of an outfit, but also makes a great conversation starter. Pasionae is available online at www.pasionae.com.