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IVANMAN: SS16

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The Berlin-based IVANMAN brand was established in 2010 and shows seasonally in both Berlin and Zagreb. Through various partnerships, IVANMAN has also been showcased in New York City, Paris, Belgrade and Minsk, respectively. The design focus of IVANMAN is the perfect cut, working with old classic forms but transforming their feel with an ironic nod to the zeitgeist. Designer Ivan Mandzukic’s label was formed via his understanding of shape and form. His dynamically contrasting colour concept intertwines with the sensuality of different fabrics. Oversized shapes interact with close-fitting silhouettes, traditional bespoke tailoring is used for sportswear, and Neoprene is used alongside pure new wool. Despite such unexpected contradictions, the pieces retain a traditional silhouette that makes them highly wearable.

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Ivan Mandzukic’s passion for combining elaborate men’s wear and sportswear in a new style gives the collection a highly personal touch. He utilizes high-end fabrics, and fair-trade manufacturing practices, providing a signature style that appeals and excites his diverse yet niche customer base. What is important to the company are the origins of the fabric and fibers used, with a special focus on merino wool, which has helped IVANMAN retain its unique high-end look. The horsehair/merino hybrid, for example, appears as an elegant textile fusion for men’s wear. At IVANMAN, the fabric is taken into consideration and thought through from the very start, as every fabrics demands its own particular design. Thus, the IVANMAN team is constantly looking at ways to develop and learn more about the material and how to create innovations within this textile field.

The designer personally sews his key pieces in order to experiment with specific fibers. Via these fabrics manipulations and new treatments, IVANMAN presents a new perspecive on older, even outdated silhouettes which gain a new wearability. Thanks to the close proximity of his production site in Poland and knitting manufacturer in Berlin, the company remains dynamic and capable of making fast decisions. IVANMAN’s main sales point is Berlin, followed by Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia, where his celebrated international fashion shows have gained him brand recognition. Ivan Mandzukic was elected Fashion Ambassador of Croatia, which has also boosted sales immensely since 2012. The designer went on to win the prestigious Who’s Next Prêt–à–Porter award in May 2012 and subsequently showed in New York for Nexus.

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R.SWIADER: Spring 2016

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The clothes are intended to lend ease, comfort and happiness int our chaotic world. The unique tailoring is not about formality, instead the subtle details of cut, shape and form. Classic lines mixed with clean graphic shapes and unexpected structure provide the perfect uniform for a citizen of the world.

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The idea for R.SWIADER was born during a trip to Paris – Rafal was inspired to design clothes for men that share his thinking and aesthetic.

I can wear it in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul and feel comfortable wearing these designs in any city. I want the entire collection to feel classic in a non-traditional way.

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www.rswiader.com

Katy Shayne: Muse – Kaiman Kazazian

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This project was made in an attempt to capture the feeling of tension.

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There is a blurriness between wanting to leave, wanting to stay, being in love and feeling hate. I often explore anxiety and loneliness in my work, but this was a new frontier to explore with Kaiman something she was going through at the time (as well as myself in a different sense). She was moving away, I was staying as I always stay. Perhaps I am ready for change, but the tension when you are about to make a push towards a choice can be hard to put a finger on.

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That was the feeling I wanted to capture, a manic happiness and a serene sense that feeling those emotions reminds you that you are indeed alive.

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Photographer: Katy Shayne, www.katyshayne.com
Model: Kaiman Kazazian, www.kaimankazazian.tumblr.com

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