(From top left: New World Logo Tee Hoodie
, Shoop Clothing; Spinner Shorts
, SIR New York; Daniel Palillo Space Shorts
, International Playground; Skingraft Lace Up Sandals
, Solestruck; Greta Shoe
, Solestruck; Proud Race Sad Girl Tee
, Exceptional New Design)
As the old cliché goes, “Florals for spring, groundbreaking.”
But, for the last few seasons sports have inspired a number of designers. Here are a few of our favorites to hopefully get you off that tired floral hippie look and into the unisex sports vibe.
A little a while ago we were luck enough to get a chance to interview Ksenia Marchenko, one half of Ksenia Schnaider. Recently, the duo dropped this awesome video for their F/W collection.
Garmento Zine: Conversations in American Menswear
(Image via Garmento Zine)
If you’ve never read Garmento, then you’re missing out on a truly amazing publication.
Well-written and smart, Garmento explores fashion and creates a conversation. The semiannual publication looks at contemporary and past design with a sharp eye and consists of well researched articles that you won’t find in most mainstream publications.
Founder and editor Jeremy Lewis has put together an event, an interview series, held at the Museum of Art and Design that is sure to be interesting. Conversations in American Menswear
kicks off April 11th with Siki Im and will explore American menswear and what that is today.
The event is free to the public, so if you live in or will be visiting New York, then definitely check it out.
Sasu Kauppi - A/W ‘13
If an 80s denim loving burnout met a Norwegian death metal fan and they had a baby it would be Sasu Kauppi’s autumn collection, True Finlandian Blue Denim.
Denim takes the spotlight, from horn brimmed hats to white pants with pieces of denim carefully sewn on. The lookbook and clothing have a nostalgic feel, like yearbook photos of grungy teens from the 90s.
If this is how the Finnish do denim, then keep it coming.
An Interview with Ksenia Schnaider
Altermix recently got the the chance to chat with Ksenia Marchenko, one half of the duo behind Ksenia Schnaider, to find out a little more about there work, how Ksenia met Anton Schnaider and what Ksenia Schnaider is all about.How did Ksenia Schnaider come about?
After working in fashion for years designing and running youth clothing brand, X’U, I decided that I wanted to do something different - strong and conceptual. I met Anton Schnaider from S-i-l-a project group and we started work on new collection together focusing on spiritual rather than material. We wanted to create a unique luxury unisex label that forced people to question the concept behind each of its collections - me focusing on designing and Anton on the digital side of the label. Ksenia Schnaider was born.
Do you think being Ukrainian and Russian impacts your work?
We look to international sources for inspiration when putting together collections, and being Ukrainian and Russian therefore, surprisingly, has very little impact on my work.Are you self-taught designers or did you attend school? Do you think that affects your designs?
I attended Kiev University of Technology and design and took few short courses at Istituto Marangoni and St.Martins College but all I know comes from my mistakes and years of practice. I don`t like to speak about schools, because I am not a good student… I prefer to study by myself - reading, listening and making mistakes.
Where did the ideas for ‘Hermit’ and ‘Camouflage’ come from?
‘Hermit’ was inspired by the hermits in general, but I think that my childhood under the Iron Curtain influence on my vision of hermits somehow… ‘Camouflage’ took a more contemporary approach and was inspired by a classic camouflage pattern that we then manipulated to our own personal taste - creating a bold, blue camouflage pattern that would attract attention rather than hide the individual wearing it. Ksenia Schnaider is about clothing itself. We create clothes inspired by clothes.
Describe the person you’re designing for. Who do you imagine wears your clothes?
When I design clothes I always think about people that don’t really care about material things: fashion, trends, pop culture or money and I would be happy if they decided to wear Ksenia Schnaider.A lot of your pieces are unisex, do you think this is something you’ll continue to explore?
I like the idea of unisex clothes that can look feminine and sexy on any woman and strong and powerful on a man.
Where do you see Ksenia Schnaider in the next five years?
We will continue to explore different aspects of clothes, work close with new technology and modern artists, we will find new ways for presentations of Ksenia Schnaider collections and grow in popularity.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Alright, this is it. The official re-launch of Altermix. I doubt I needed to tell you that, but for some reason I did. Bare with me, I’m a bit nervous.
Altermix has been my baby for a while and it still is. It’s gone through numerous name changes, hiatuses and months of neglect when I got too busy to post. It has taken a backseat to other projects, my final semester in college and my never-ending job hunt. Still, I always come back to it, ready to start fresh with new ideas and grand plans.
We’re going to start off slow. I’m afraid if I rush things, then I’ll burn out or get too far ahead of myself. I can’t make any promises of daily posts, but I’ll try to keep a decent schedule.
So, here it is. Lets get started.