CIFF Unveils Special Projects For SS18
CIFF unveils special projects for the upcoming SS18 season. The long list of projects include Beams, Lulu Kennedy for Crystal Hall, Charles Jeffrey, Martine Rose and ABASI Rosborough amongst others.
For Spring Summer 2018, Rose looked to outdoor lifestyle culture—rock climbers, golfers, bicycle messengers, unveiling her collection suitably enough at a climbing centre. In keeping with its ongoing commitment to support and nurture emerging design talent, CIFF is thrilled to present Martine Rose to its community at the upcoming Spring Summer 2018 fair. For CIFF, Martine Rose will recreate elements of her climbing centre concept. Come discover what the critics are buzzing about.
Martine Rose demonstrates the unique ability of being able to subvert and reimagine the familiar to create something entirely new, yet instantly recognizable. Although she acknowledges the role of fantasy in fashion, Rose is refreshingly of the view that fashion also needs to be rooted in reality.
While not exactly a newcomer (Rose founded her label back in 2007 and has been designing steadily for other brands including Balenciaga), she made a noticeable return to the runway this past January after choosing less traditional modes of presenting her collections in previous seasons, and critics are taking note. Martine's previous collection explored male workwear from banker to bus driver and was unveiled in a North London market for greater authenticity.
For SS18, ABASI ROSBOROUGH collaborated with artist Justin Guariglia. Justin recently accompanied the NASA teams on research flight missions over Greenland to document the melting of the glaciers from above. The images are haunting. See his artwork here
For CIFF, ABASI ROSBOROUGH will be presenting their collection HYPEROBJECT in a spectacular installation incorporating elements from their collaboration with artist and photographer, Justin Guariglia.
Designers Abdul ABASI and Greg ROSBOROUGH met while studying fashion at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and founded their eponymous brand in 2013. Since then, ABASI ROSBOROUGH has been making waves in menswear circles with their progressive take on men’s fashion and determination to reinvent the suit. Based in NYC, they were most recently nominated for the LVMH prize (2017) and were finalists for the Woolmark Prize (2016) and the Ecco Domani prize (2014) before that.
It’s not just their willingness to tackle arcane forms of menswear that make ABASI ROSBOROUGH stand out. In an industry where most brands decline to comment on politics or social issues for fear of alienating customers, the design duo put their politics front and center. Whether the current debate on immigration or the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., ABASI ROSBOROUGH is not afraid to take a stand on the issues that matter to them as evidenced by both their campaigns and their collections. Their SS18 collection HYPEROBJECT is a perfect example.
Berlin-based eyewear brand MYKITA highlights the intricacies of its cutting-edge techniques with an immersive installation at CIFF.
Since it's founding in 2003, MYKITA has taken a modern approach to manufacturing of its designs. At the MYKITA HAUS in Berlin, the team takes the product through every stage, from conception to the shop floor striving at each step to set new standards in design and manufacturing with purposeful products that combine handcrafting and high technology. In 2010 for instance, MYKITA launched a new line of eyewear based on a special laser technique that leaves zero waste.
For CIFF SS18, MYKITA has created a special multisensory installation within RAVEN Projects showcasing both its new collection and the tools they used to make them. Visitors can immerse themselves in the manufacturing process by donning head sets which will transport them inside MYKITA HAUS and reproduce the symphonie of sounds associated with the making of their cutting edge eyewear.
MYKITA embodies an essential blend of innovation, creativity and sustainability, values CIFF has made its mission to support. We're thrilled to welcome MYKITA to the CIFF community.
BEAMS in Raven Projects
BEAMS, Japan’s leading lifestyle retailer, presents for the first time in Copenhagen its curated concept BEAMS JAPAN. Launched last year, BEAMS JAPAN is a shop and project that celebrates Japanese design and creativity. A broad spectrum of fashion, art and lifestyle products represents the vast community of craftsmen and creators that BEAMS collaborated with through its 40 years of history.
At CIFF, BEAMS introduces a colorful range of products and stories that embrace Japanese heritage and modernity. A special product will be launched at CIFF – a collaboration kendama (Japanese wooden toy) with Danish brand KROM is the latest addition to the Kendama Tohoku series, a project that links the global street trend with local craft industries of northeastern Japan recovering from earthquake damages.
Fresh from their studios in Tokyo, BEAMS brings to CIFF the latest collections for 3 most recommended brands: TEÄTORA, NOMA t.d., and Name. TEÄTORA’s clean, functional jackets and pants made of original high-tech fabrics have become wardrobe staples for Tokyo’s creative professionals. NOMA t.d. delights us once again with witty combinations of original textile designs and structured details. Name. excels in sophisticated designs built on clever pattern work and uniquely developed materials.
Lulu Kennedy for Crystal Hall, Raven & Raven Projects
For the coming SS18 edition of CIFF, Northern Europe's leading and most innovative fashion platform, Lulu Kennedy will return to curate a line-up of installations, product showcases and immersive experiences in CIFF Raven, Raven Project and Crystal Hall – as well as runway shows as part of CIFF SHOWSCENE. Kennedy, the renowned founder and director of Fashion East & MAN, and Editor-at-large of Condé Nast's bi-annual LOVE Magazine, brings unrivalled knowledge and insight into the most dynamic fashion talent in the world. Lulu's long list of line-ups also includes Scottish designer, Charles Jeffrey.
“I’m delighted to be joining team CIFF for my third season. Their international attitude and commitment to providing a platform for creatives is stronger than ever – Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY and Louise Gray are producing incredible bespoke art installations, and Husam el Oden will be crafting jewellery pieces live for guests. Super hot London talents Art School, Per Gotesson, Liam Hodges, Caitlin Price and Richard Malone are joining us, and our whole trip will be documented in a short film hosted by fashion and cultural commenter Karen Binns.’ - Lulu Kennedy MBE
Lulu's curation for Crystal Hall will include brands: Art School, Richard Malone, Caitlin Price and Hades and a special a bespoke immersive art installation by Louise Gray.
CIFF Raven & Raven Projects
Per Gotesson and Husam el Oden are creating installations within Raven projects and Liam Hodges will showcase his latest collection in CIFF Raven.
A dynamic visual spectacle from Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY and longstanding collaborator Gary Card, using elements of Charles’ SS18 show set to create a never-before-seen art installation. Additionally, Charles will perform a live DJ set on Wednesday 9 August from 6pm in the North Courtyard at CIFF.