One To Watch from Fashionclash Festival 2016. βΩ – BETAOMEGA is a young unisex and menswear label founded in 2016 in The Czech Republic by fashion designer Roman Častulík and starting art-director Martin Beneš. The design duo unveiled a great collection in Maastricht. I had a little chat with the guys about their work.
Name: βΩ (β: Roman Častulík – fashion design, Ω: Martin Beneš – fashion communication) / Age: 22, 20 / Hometown: Brno, Czech Republic / Menswear or Womenswear: menswear and unisex
Hello. Welcome to KALTBLUT. Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival? βΩ: We decided to participate after we met Branko Popovic, who told us about this event. Then we checked it and we realised how fucking great it looks. So I was so proud and happy when they chose us. Also international environment is quite comfortable for us after a lots of experience with travelling around the Europe. We love these multiculti vibes and I hope we will continue with projects like that!
Can you tell us something about the collection you presented at the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016? What was your inspiration? βΩ: We are working on concepts together so our inspiration was actually the environment when both of us grown up quite a lot and when we actually met each other. It was a quite funny world of cafes in our hometown, where we started to date with guys, where we started to know better ourselves, our self-confidence, our orientation, our characters. Till we met each other there and till we started to date. That’s why we were working with a concept of traditional la garconne, the style which actually looks like this world of pubs and cafes in our hometown. But I was trying to change it, same how this world changed us.
That’s mean that this collection is a reflection of our common history, of our relationship.
What kind of material did you used for the collection? βΩ: I used more luxury materials like lace, wool, silk or hare felt on hats. But I was trying to show them not so nice but more casually, little bit destroyed or better say rough.
What challenges did you face during the design process? βΩ: The biggest challenge was to make our first parfume. We were cooperating with friend of us who is a specialist in this field, but still to make a parfume which will work together with the concept and with the collection was quite difficult. But at the end we are so happy about that. We created a bio parfume made from 32 herbs, which is actually unisex and which is for us the great reflection of the collection.
How would you describe your self and your work? βΩ: I am quite impulsive, stressed, chaotic and also very open-minded and I hope empathetic person. That’s what you can actually see in my work. I am trying to work with lots of textures and materials everytime. I like to combine what is not ostensibly combinable.
What would you say this is the biggest influence to your design process? βΩ: My character, our relationship and world around me.
If you had not become a fashion designer, what would you do instead? βΩ: A gardener.
Who’s your dream client? βΩ: Vivienne Westwood.
What was the first item you have ever designed? And who was the lucky one to get it? βΩ: I think it was a t-shirt for my Barbie doll when I was 6 years old.
What can we expect from you in near future? βΩ: I will work for our label for sure. We decided to make some cool performances and maybe some events. So all of you are invited for sure!
And then I will work on my bachelor collection.
Where can we buy your fashion? βΩ: We are working on it, so soon at our website. Now you can just write us if you want!