Born and raised in Poland, Piotr Drzał is a designer who became fascinated with fashion in Art College and studied Textile and Fashion at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Poland. He gained valuable experience during his time interning at George Hobeika’s atelier in Beirut, Lebanon, and then went on to launch his own brand in 2010 with his first ever Autumn/Winter collection that consisted of an assortment of draped, fitted and simple pieces, and a subtle palette of gray, black and white.
Piotr’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection is relatively casual and consists of an assortment of plain, checked, striped and patchwork shirts, patchwork sweaters, cropped trousers, fitted shorts, cushioned jackets, patchwork blazers, and subtle, patterned coats, shirts and tops for both men and women. The colour palette is far from conventional and very different to Piotr’s first ever collection with every colour from black and gray to burgundy, navy and purple making an appearance. There is an array of both fitted and oversized pieces, and each garment is incredibly versatile.
You can view the full collection on the Piotr Drzał website and purchase selected pieces via SHOWROOM; an online platform for independent fashion designers and young brands.
Photography by M. Makowski
Images courtesy of Piotr Drzał
Images courtesy of Trendt
I was having a flick through Not Just A Label yesterday when I came across this rather elegant “Rogue” shoe from Erïk Bjerkesjö’s current collection. This shoe is handmade in Tuscany using organic calf leather and features a velvet lace. According to the rather helpful ‘Designer Says’ paragraph on Not Just A Label, which gives you an insight into the inspiration behind the product or additional details on the product, “The inspiration of this shoe is a classic low ankle derby, worn by polo players and travelling aristocrats in the 1930′s.”
One aspect of Erïk’s work that I really admire is his use of subtle detail. This shoe in particular features a historic logotype from the Tuscany region that has been etched into the sole, which is said to “represent the traditional mastery of the local skills.”
You can view the full collection on the Erïk Bjerkesjö website and purchase the “Rogue” shoe via Not Just A Label, where you can also view additional images of the shoe.
Images courtesy of Erïk Bjerkesjö via Not Just A Label
The Ros Dress is, without doubt, my favourite piece from Eudon Choi’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The 3/4 length navy blue dress features a round neck and loose sleeves with three stripes above the elbow; two pink, one white. There are four metal poppers down the back of the dress below the neck and the entire dress is made of silk. Eudon produces all of his pieces in England, and his evident appreciation for luxury and quality is most definitely an attraction.
You can view the full collection on the Eudon Choi website and purchase the Ros Dress via Avenue 32, alongside numerous other pieces from Eudon’s current collection.
Photography by Rhys Frampton
Images courtesy of Eudon Choi
Taylor Swift’s music is not only very different to the music I usually sit and listen to, but it is in fact, without doubt, the complete opposite. Nevertheless, despite my near preachy attitude when it comes to both emerging fashion and music, I can safely say that I’m a bit of a fan of Taylor’s new single, titled ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, and, in this instance, her near sarcastic and slightly comical approach to song writing.
Taylor’s new track is perhaps a little “mainstream” but, despite that, it’s definitely worth a listen!
Os Accessories is a Manila, Philippines based street accessory brand that was founded by creative duo AJ Omandac and Paul Jatayna. The brand works with polyurethane bone reproductions in order to create a versatile assortment of raw and edgy, handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, harnesses, and caps that are both wearable and unique.
My favourite piece at present is the Tusk Necklace, which is just $42.00, but you can view the full collection on the Os Accessories website and purchase each piece via the brands e-shop.
Images courtesy of Os Accessories
The most recent collection from London based, unisex jewellery designer and Central Saint Martins graduate Rachel Boston, titled “The Protector”, is inspired by insects. The lookbook depicts a relatively stereotypical scene in which a man is protecting his vulnerable woman, much like how a stag beetle or scorpion would protect his or her self – relating back to the well thought out title of the collection.
Rachel introduces us to pieces such as the Scorpion Sting Ring that has been crafted from gold and silver, and the Large Stag Necklace that has been crafted from gold and black rhodium. All of Rachel’s designs are produced in the United Kingdom and her attention to detail throughout all of her work is incredibly admirable but, at the same time, somewhat unconventional. Pendants are incrusted with subtle rubies and the shape of each ring or pendant is a flawless representation of the stag beetle or scorpion it was initially cast from.
You can view the full collection on the Rachel Boston website, where you can also view the campaign video, and purchase selected pieces via Rachel’s e-shop.
Photography by Duane Nasis
Images courtesy of Rachel Boston via Not Just A Label