Brighton Fashion Week: Showcasing Innovation

Designer: Martin Across

Between 8th-12th October KALTBLUT is going to drop in at BRIGHTON FASHION WEEK checking out the collections on show, and their diverse display of innovative design and artistry. Running for over a decade, their commendable aim is to offer a voice to the creative individuals that are taking control of their work, their output, their vision — spotlighting talent and independent fashion innovation.

As official media partner for BFW we’ll be networking our way through the week to bring you all the action and keeping you up-to-date with the best dressed movers and shakers that we can find. To whet your appetite in the meantime we’d like to introduce you to the following selection of designers whom we’re most looking forward to meeting as well as a full run down of the schedule for the week too!

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BFW 2014: “We invite you to give the nod to fashion; that peculiar and dynamically diverse seedbed capable of cultivating such dextrous creativity and artistry that impacts and influences so much of our ideas, minds and everyday lives. The International platform for emerging designers, we are sowing the seeds.”

KALTBLUT X BFW: DESIGNERS WE’RE WATCHING OUT FOR!

Martin Across www.martin-across.com / @Facebook
Martin Across is an artistic name created by Martin Maldonado. He is 21 years old, and just recently graduated from Westminster University/Istituto Europeo di Design. He was born and raised in Quito-Ecuador until he graduated from high school and decided to to move to a bigger city. He began his career in architecture at Pratt Institute but later on realized that this medium limited his was of expressing himself. He later on moved to Barcelona where he began his career in fashion. His collections are a way of showing a personal development and evolution. His combination of ideas and background, mingled with those things seen daily make his work go through a constant state of flux. His designs are characterized by round soft curves, defined lines and unusual exaggerated shapes which question the parameters of the human body. Martin won the “Best collection award” at the MODAFAD contest in 080 Barcelona fashion.  He is currently living in Barcelona, developing a new collection to present at 080 F/W season and BENEXT showroom in Paris.

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Martin will be showcasing his latest collection at the Showreel Catwalk on 12th October
www.brightonfashionweek.com/martin-across/

Milica Vukadinovic
Milica Vukadinovic is a Belgrade based designer, who has graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, attaining merit award of ULUPUDS (Association of Applied Arts Artists amd Designers of Serbia). Throughout the years, besides her independent collections, she has represented her work through various exhibitions and projects in various fields, such as fashion design and stage costumes. With Milica’s work regularly appearing in foreign countries such as the Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia. Since graduating, her work has been focused on men’s fashion and her collections have clear elements that emphasise dominant masculine features and lines and sharp character of man, while distinct and particular details portray his emotional experience. Inspired by the game of life between a man and a boy (Stable and secure, while at the same time honest and emotional), she channels this creative synergy; the driving force of a self-conscious man in her unique designs. Her collection for Brighton Fashion Week 2014, will be battling stereotypes, as this man looks towards the future.

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Milica Vukadinovic will be showcasing her SS15 collection at the Zeitgeist Show on Friday 10th October.
www.brightonfashionweek.com/milica-vukadinovic/

Sade English www.sade-english.com / @Facebook
Sade English, graduate from London college of Fashion, studied Fashion Design Pattern Cutting and created her own label at the age of 21. Creative directing, manufacturing, styling as well as taking control of all aspects, her execution has formed her signature style which has become well known in the fashion industry. English’s singular element signifies the counter-stereotype from having a “anti-clone” ideology, which prevents Sade English garments from falling into categories like womenswear or menswear, not even unisex. Sade English’s collections, especially SKIN 14 does not follow the ideas of beauty in todays society but instead reinvent the invented. Sade English has it’s purpose to assemble the inner and outer self of the wearer as one.Each collection symbolises English determination to not conform to the beauty myth nor what is seen as acceptable.

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Sade will showcase her exclusive collections at the Zeigtgeist Show on 10th October 2014.
www.brightonfashionweek.com/sade-english/

Jack Kindred-Boothby www.jackkindredboothby.co.uk
Jack Kindred-Boothby designs clothes because he wants to reimagine them — to take what is already there and change it, to make it make sense to him.
He is interested in gender and the way it affects how we wear clothing, how we buy clothing, how we talk about clothing. For Brighton Fashion Week 2014 he has made a collection of sustainable reclaimed menswear garments that challenge traditionally masculine ideas of power and vulnerability. Jack graduated from University College Falmouth and has been working as a pattern-cutter in London since 2012.

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He will be showcasing his collection at the Sustain show on Friday 10th October.
www.brightonfashionweek.com/jack-kindred-boothby/

The HAUS of SEQUANA hausofsequanna.tumblr.com / @Facebook
The HAUS of SEQUANA are an all-female urban tribe from in and around London’s dirty Deptford. For several years this risk-taking art collective have been stirring up festivals, club nights and art events around the country with multi-sensorial hypnotic processions and rituals that mix the provocative with the comic. Both their antics and their wildly elaborate costumes and body paint draw inspiration from various forms of theatrical escapism: carnival traditions, tribal dress and ceremonies, circus clowns, and fetish. As such, Haus of Sequana’s performances aim not only to entertain, arouse and thoroughly unsettle audiences but to demonstrate the possibility of a temporary escape from the tedium of gender identity, social conformity and the daily grind.

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Haus of Sequana will be showcasing their latest designs at Showreel on 12th October.
www.brightonfashionweek.com/haus-of-sequana/

8th OCTOBER – FAB NETWORKING
Fashion and Business is an event held quarterly in Brighton that brings the world of fashion and business together. We invite inspirational speakers from the world of fashion to tell their life stories to a diverse audience of corporate and creatives.

9th OCTOBER – INDUSTRY NETWORKING
Meet and greet with the Brighton Fashion Week team & collaboraters, designers, media, sponsors and supporters of the independent fashion world.

10th OCTOBER – THE SUSTAIN DEBATE CURATED BY LONG RUN COMMUNICATIONS
A panel of key influencers including Caroline Lucas and a participating audience will debate on ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPyMl9l-5OQ

10th OCTOBER – SUSTAIN CATWALK SHOW
Skin – your choice of clothing is an expression of your character, representing your soul. Our natural skin is the exterior of our being, and a physical representation of who we are through DNA, fingerprints, facial expressions, age, nationality and experiences. Clothing is a physical representation of our inner being; creativity, imagination, fantasies, desires, mentality and our ethics. Fashion is a second skin, one we shed daily and that remains malleable to our ever-changing sensibilities. Fashion should not be harmful in any way, nor irrelevant. Sustainability is key, and ethical garments can represent this beauty powerfully. Our ‘sustain’ show promotes sustainability through the showcasing of designers and practitioners that are willing to combine innovative fashion design and ethical thinking to produce unique and efficient collections. Brighton is a city that overflows with morality and strong ethical values, making it an ideal location for ‘sustain’ to premier. ‘Sustain’ will unveil collections designed to test the boundaries of sustainable fashion as we know it; expressing the personality of the city and its people.

10th OCTOBER – ZEITGEIST EMERGING TALENT CATWALK SHOW
Time – taking inspiration from the past and pushing it into the future, all the while remaining rooted in the present; fashion is planted deep within the constraints of the ticking clock. Time may control the industry and bring good fortune, but it also has the power to destroy; hence why designers are often provoked into creating “timeless” pieces in a bid to outrun the embarrassing effects of looking back to the trends we used to worship. Existing in the present, and thus, not concerning oneself with the future, whilst avoiding the past, as yohji yamamoto claims to do, allows fashion design to reach untouched territory. Originality is not an unobtainable feat; it just takes more persistence and a fresher outlook. ‘Zeitgeist’ is about the here and the now. It festers in the present but acknowledges the future and the ever-changing landscape of the fashion industry. Twelve designers with fresh ideas and original concepts will represent the current flow of innovation in Fashion.

11th OCTOBER – FASHION MARKET
A curated buzzing pop up Fashion market offering you the chance to pick up one-of a kind original pieces ranging from handmade bowlers to hand-sewn frocks plus the opportunity to buy directly from up to 40 talented designers and artists across a range of disciplines. Set in the Historic Open Market’s newly covered square offering a laid back festival vibe: expect live music, live installations, prints, art, up-cycled delights, cafe’s, and an eclectic hand picked mix of makers offering affordable wears.

12th OCTOBER – SHOWREEL
Performance – Costumes cater for a performance; strategically designed to express an idea, a period in time, or to feed an audience a simplified version of a character’s personality. Is the actress dressed in Chanel jackets and pearls, an edwardian evening gown or a leather mini skirt and crop top? Costume conveys an idea to support a character and a performance, not to detract from the storyline, but rather to allow the audience to make snap judgments and continue building this notion with the dialogue. Without performance, a costume can be fashion, likewise, with a character, fashion can become costume. Combining the traditional performance spaceof a fashion collection with the concepts and thought processes of stage costume, ‘Showreel’ will be the home of costume designers seeking to transform their creations onto the catwalk. Of course, stripping the pieces of their context would be detrimental to the idea of the costume, and so for this reason, ‘Showreel’ is a spectacle of eccentric individuals, developed characters, and bold statements, practically unfit for everyday wear.

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12th OCTOBER – SHOWREEL
Performance – Costumes cater for a performance; strategically designed to express an idea, a period in time, or to feed an audience a simplified version of a character’s personality. Is the actress dressed in Chanel jackets and pearls, an edwardian evening gown or a leather mini skirt and crop top? Costume conveys an idea to support a character and a performance, not to detract from the storyline, but rather to allow the audience to make snap judgments and continue building this notion with the dialogue. Without performance, a costume can be fashion, likewise, with a character, fashion can become costume. Combining the traditional performance spaceof a fashion collection with the concepts and thought processes of stage costume, ‘Showreel’ will be the home of costume designers seeking to transform their creations onto the catwalk. Of course, stripping the pieces of their context would be detrimental to the idea of the costume, and so for this reason, ‘Showreel’ is a spectacle of eccentric individuals, developed characters, and bold statements, practically unfit for everyday wear.

12th OCTOBER – CLOSING PARTY

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408487_10151987130914119_1492626253_nBrighton Fashion Week- 8th – 12th October 2014
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