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Back to the Future with Sadak @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

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By Rebecca Acar

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English Version:
When Sadaks’ models lined up for the final walk to the song Yass Bish by Soulja Boy feat. Nicki Minaj, it became certain: baggy jeans, hoodie sweaters and golden necklaces belong to the past. As of now, we want to see all rappers and bad boys in Sadak’s reinterpretation of the “Szur”: a traditional robe from Serbia – homeland of Sadak Designer Sasa Kovacevic. For his prints Kovacevic combined ethnic and contemporary symbols to carry tradition into the now.

Rough men in tights and neatly tied footgear tattooed and with nicely dressed hair – Sadak’s collection celebrated contrast and was innovative and unique. “Pride in individuality” was Sadak’s message which he definitely brought onto Berlin’s fashion runway. Yass Bish!

German Version –  Zurück in die Zukunft mit Sadak
Spätestens als Sadaks Models zum Song Yass Bish von Soulja Boy feat. Nicki Minaj zum finalen Walk antraten, stand fest: Baggy Jeans, Sweatshirt-Hoodie und Goldketten haben ausgedient. Wir wollen Hip Hop-Jungs und Bad Boys ab sofort in Sadaks Neuinterpretation des „Szurs“ sehen: Ein traditionelles Gewand aus Serbien – der Heimat des Designers hinter Sadak, Sasa Kovacevic. In seinen Prints verquickt Sadak ethnische mit zeitgenössischen Symbolen, so wie Pflanzen-Ornamente mit dem Eingabefeld einer Suchmaschine, und befördert so Tradition ins Jetzt.

Raue Männer in Strumpfhosen und ordentlich geschnürtem Schuhwerk, tätowiert und fein frisiert – Sadaks Kollektion feiert Kontraste, ist innovativ und einzigartig. „Pride in individuality –  Stolz in Individualität“ ist Sadaks Botschaft und die hat er in Berlin zweifellos auf die Modebühne gebracht. Yass, Bish!

Sadak Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16

Sadak Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16

Interview: Ariane Ernst 3D Printed Jewelry Designer Designer from Dusseldorf, Germany

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Interview by Rebecca Acar

Brussels, Vienna, New York, Stockholm and last but not least Düsseldorf – Ariane Ernst not only travelled the world, but also collected her experience and expertise as a designer at all these places. This year in 2014, her eponymous labelccelebrates its first anniversary.

In our interview, Ariane tells us what she loves about design, which designers she likes the most and which time zone she is currently living in.

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CAN YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU FIRST REALIZED THAT YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

Quite early already – when I was about 13.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND.

After my school leaving examination, I did some internships at jewelry designers and goldsmiths in Germany and Belgium. After this  I was sure that I wanted to create jewelry. So, I moved from Brussels to Vienna to complete my apprenticeship as a goldsmith. Afterwards, I went to New York to work as  a goldsmith over there.

While in NYC, I enjoyed my time working in a design jewelry store in Soho  a lot. It felt really inspiring! I knew that I wanted to be more than a goldsmith and so I went back to Germany to study Applied Art and Design. With my Bachelor degree under my belt I then went to Stockholm, Sweden to work at H&M’s head office and to try my hand in costume jewelry.

After a short time I knew that I want to create and sell my own designs. I then returned to Düsseldorf, studied Applied Art and Design until the Master degree and finally founded my own label.

 

WHAT DO YOU SPECIFICALLY LOVE ABOUT DESIGN AND WHERE DO YOU FIND THE MOST CHALLENGES?

I love design because it simply makes life more beautiful in every way – not only when it comes to jewelry. Good design also improves your everyday life and makes it easier and more esthetical. The challenge for good design: It has to make sense at first sight.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION YOU PRESENT HERE ON RUNWAY PASSPORT?

I love minimalism and colors. There lies a concept in each of my pieces of jewelry. I don’t only create a shape because it is beautiful –  I deduce it. For this collection the inspiration mainly was the work of an already deceased artist named GEGO (Gertrud Goldschmidt).  Inspired by Gego, the collection was about the transparency of space depicted with grate structures created with bars and strings.

 

FOR WHOM DO YOU DESIGN YOUR PIECES?

Actually, for everyone. But in truth: For the new modern woman who is into fashion and who isn’t too keen on classical status symbols – which often is jewelry.

 

ON WHICH PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY?

Hm…  Maybe on fashion designer Phoebe Philo or fashion blogger Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller. Or maybe Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue USA.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM IN GENERAL?

Fashion, architecture, people, environment…

 

IS THERE A DESIGNER WHICH REALLY IMPRESSES YOU OR SOMEONE WHO YOU ADMIRE?

I like fashion by Céline, Phoebe Philo is the head of design here. I like Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Iris van Herpen or artists such as Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.

 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF JEWELRY YOU EVER DESIGNED?

This also was the first piece of jewelry I made by hand: A silver pendant shaped like a tiger’s head. Actually, it looked more like a hybrid from a puma and a bear.

 

IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PATH AS DESIGNER: HOW DID YOU DEVELOP?

It really is a long process until you find your own signature. I think, it is only been 1,5 years ago since I found my own vision  as a designer – and of course it is still maturing. Also in retrospect, lots of things I designed make sense again.

 

WHICH OF YOUR PIECES OF JEWELRY ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF?

My Brillant Ring Series

 

IS THERE ANYTHING A DESIGN MUST FULFILL FOR YOU? WHEN ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH A PIECE?

I am happy with a design when there is nothing missing and when the shape is perfected to the point that it can exist on its own.

 

ART AND DESIGN – TWO THINGS THAT BELONG TOGETHER OR THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF EACH OTHER?

Design belongs to art but art doesn’t belong to design. Art is the origin.

 

IS THERE A COUNTRY OR A CITY THAT FASCINATES YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIGN SCENE?

There are lots of cities and countries which fascinate me, but it’s hard to decide based on the design scene. I’m inspired by Portugal or New York. But there are still lots of other cities and countries on my list which I want to visit.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MATERIAL?

Gold. But unfortunately it is too expensive to work with often.

 

AT WHICH TIME OF DAY YOU LIKE TO WORK THE MOST?

Starting at 12 pm and then until late at night. It has always has been like this for me including during my schooldays. 13 years it was a real torture to get up early day by day and stay attentive. I simply live in another time zone.

 

IN WHICH SITUATIONS YOU FEEL THE MOST CREATIVE?

Under pressure.

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Rebecca + Olivia Acar, Sister Duo Curator Team for German Cities: Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf

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The sisters Olivia and Rebecca live, work and laugh in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Olivia isn’t only a full-time student but also a full-time esthete. Learning about the human psychology and getting inspired by past and current philosophers during most of her week, she spends the rest of her time surrounded by fashion: As a shop assistant, she wraps her customers in Scandinavian garments. She loves to experiment with clothing and already used her styling skills to perfect the model’s look during photo productions. On the weekends the hunt for beauty and uniqueness takes place on another battlefield: The flea market. If you really want to take home something special, you definitely should join Olivia when shopping here. The next step on her mission: Finding interesting and exciting designers. Her partner in-crime: Her sister Rebecca. <br><br>

After eight years of work in fashion retail and studying communications, Rebecca now works as a PR professional where she helps lifestyle brands to appear on the customers’ radar. Getting to know brands and detecting what’s making them incomparable is part of her daily work. Part of her daily relaxation routine is taking her knitting needle or crochet hook and doing some handcrafting – There aren’t really enough winters to wear the amount of the self-made headbands piling up on her desk.
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Interview with Designer Johannes Jorge Hölkeskamp of Holstenwall

Interview By Rebecca Acar

Johannes Jorge Hölkeskamp is a certified fashion designer, lives in Düsseldorf and finds inspiration in everything that surrounds him. After finishing his studies in 2013, he founded his own label Holstenwall and now creates high-quality designs for fashion-conscious women and men.

In our interview, Johannes Jorge tells us which part of the design process is his favorite, which celebrities he’d like to see in his clothes and what’s behind his first gown.

CAN YOU TELL US WHEN YOU FIRST REALIZED THAT YOU WANTED TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

I already felt the passion for design inside of me when I was a little child: My mother did a lot of handcraft. I looked over her shoulder and it really fascinated me a lot.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND.

In August 2013 I finished my studies and now am an official fashion designer! I interned at Marion Strehlow in Düsseldorf. Earlier, before I started my studies, I worked for the costume department for movie productions and did some smaller jobs as a stylist for several photographers.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT DESIGN AND WHERE DO YOU SEE CHALLENGES?

For me, designing clothing is something very special. You experience an exciting process – from an idea until the final and finished design. The greatest moment is the one when someone gives my design life by wearing it and feeling comfortable in it. Can you imagine anything more beautiful?

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION “AGE OF KNOWLEDGE” WHICH YOU ALSO SHOW ON RUNWAY PASSPORT?

On Runway Passport you’ll find a small selection of “Age of
Knowledge” which is my Graduate Collection.

The current collection is a dialogue with societies categorizations and the process of emotional evolvement – shown in a graphic, artfully constructed, elegant fit. The collection is effected by the emotional revolution that wants to break through classic moral concepts – but only in fragments and in a decelerated process.

The contemporary reference of the classic cut gets broken by new options for materials. They confront the creative sensibility of the wearer with his usual habits of wearing fashion. Everything is inspired by author Aldous Huxley’s words: “The real revolutionary revolution can’t be caused in the outer world, but only in the people’s souls and bodies.”

FOR WHOM DO YOU DESIGN YOUR CLOTHES?

I picture my designs on women and men who have both feet firmly on the ground, following a goal. At the same time, I don’t want to draw the line too strictly as the outfits can be worn by every fashion-conscious woman or man.

IS THERE A PERSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS?

Zooey Deschanel and Kate Moss are two people that pop up in my mind spontaneously. I would be speechless if one of them would ever wear one of my designs.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM IN GENERAL?

I am inspired by my environment. This can be everything I hear and see as well as music and art. Besides this, my mood and my emotions always play a big role as well.

IS THERE A DESIGNER WHO REALLY IMPRESSES YOU OR SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE?

A real master is and always will be Alexander McQueen. But I also adore the simple elegance of Jil Sander. In my eyes, one who really proved her talent is also Victoria Beckham.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU HAVE EVER DESIGNED?

The first piece which can be taken seriously was my first gown during my study time. The topic was “Un Sognio di Venezia” and I designed a long dress with a train and a collar decorated with copper. I will never forget the moment when the dress went down the runway for the first time. So many emotions came out!

IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PATH AS DESIGNER: HOW DID YOU DEVELOP?

Of course, I hope that the process of development never ends. Nevertheless, I can say that it was during my studies when I found my design language. The one which I want to present myself with and grow with.

WHICH OF YOUR DESIGNS ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF?

Every piece. Because in every single design, there is also a piece of me.

IS THERE ANYTHING A DESIGN MUST FULFILL FOR YOU? WHEN ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH A PIECE?

Every design should be well manufactured, wearable and of high quality – especially in times of mass consumption where the quality suffers a lot. I am completely happy with a piece when the person wearing it brings it to life with a smile and when this person shows himself and his personality through it.

ART AND DESIGN – TWO THAT BELONG TOGETHER OR THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF EACH OTHER?

For me one single flow of inspiration.

IS THERE A COUNTRY OR A CITY THAT FASCINATES YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE DESIGN SCENE?

I think the Scandinavian countries are really great when it comes to realize style, elegance and personality in their designs. I like it a lot.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MATERIAL?

I like playing with leather and floaty materials such as silk.

AT WHAT TIME OF DAY YOU LIKE TO WORK THE MOST?

I prefer the night. Everyone is sleeping. Only me, the music and my designs are awake.

IN WHICH SITUATIONS DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CREATIVE?

It is a twenty-four-seven passion – the creative process is always there and this is what I love.