The fashion signature of Bianca Popp is formed in theatrical influences and background that highly relates to her career in a theatrical costumography. As the Marangoni Master graduate from Istituto Marangoni Milan she started her own label in 2009. The designer’s passion for costumes pushed her for searching new perspective of style based on complex human behaviour and interactions while staying original and individual according to veracity of oneself. The eponymous label is focused on the adaptation of multiplicity of movement and self-esteem.
The collection for Fall/Winter 2015 season is a structured line that consists of 35 silhouettes that are deisgned in a geometrical twist. The vibe of the collection is kept in ultimate femininity emphasized with the signature knot. The palette of colors is defined by the black base along with the sombre colors consisting of grey, marsala, dark blue and white.
The designer wanted to express the strength and functionality as the main factor of the line with the selected presentation of fabrics such as neoprene, wool, cashmere, jersey tricot and synthetic leather. Playing on the balance of vigor and vulnerability, Bianca Popp craves to depict the group of independent modern women. The garment is pictured as the armor spirit fabric for protection purposes such as inconvenient weather conditions as well as the indication of the poised elegance of female body.
The history and influence of sports in the fashion world
If you are keen on chic clothing and know something of sporting activities, you will not be surprised to learn just how much influence sports and sports attire have had on the world of mainstream fashion – both designer labels and off the rack gear. Often, a specific style will have its origins in the world of sport, but then you will find it at your local department store or see it worn by a model in a fashion magazine. Look carefully at some of the styles you see around you and you will soon realize that the shoes and clothing styles that were designed to be of functional use for sports activities have been turned into fashionable staples for everyone.
Originally designed for players who used the basketball or tennis court, for running or other athletic purposes, sneakers are now a part of everyone’s normal shoe collection, particularly those who favor urban street style. Basketball jerseys are another example. First worn by players, then by fans, both basketball jersey styles and the most popular colors and numbers have since been adopted by fashion–conscious consumers. T-shirts and skirts developed to meet the needs of women tennis players, by keeping them cool and offering them freedom of movement, have also inspired mainstream fashion designs.
Baseball caps trend
History suggests that the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore the first rounded-top baseball caps in 1860, which then became known as the “Brooklyn–style” cap. In common with most sports-influenced design ideas, specific features were intended to improve athletic performance or provide better protection. In the case of the baseball cap, the peak was intended to protect players’ eyes. Baseball caps, like sneakers, remain a popular fashion item for young people.
Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012
The same trends apply to winter sports activities – brands that were introduced for snowboarders and skiing enthusiasts were quickly taken up by celebrities and thus became a high-impact influence. With the increasing popularity of sports clothing and footwear, many sponsors of sport saw an opportunity to broaden their reach, and today many items carry a firm logo or brand colors, including jerseys, shoes, T-shirts and baseball caps.
The Edita Vilkeviciute Vogue Paris Editorial is Genuinely Sporty
Today’s sportswear is highly sophisticated and designed to enhance athletic performance. It is interesting to note that sponsorship has also moved on. For example, it is not unusual to find that a designer brand that sponsors female athletes is interested in producing garments such as a women’s elbow sleeve, knee sleeve or compression band, which are not always seen by consumers. Perhaps the philosophy is that if the item of clothing is both comfortable and practicable, and valued initially by athletes, then it will move into mainstream consciousness given time.
Alla Kostromichova Stars in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam July 2014 Editorial
Next time you are at a sporting event, take a look around at what the audience is wearing – as well as the players. They may just hold the key to upcoming fashion trends, and if you pay attention you could be lucky enough to get ahead of the game!
Flare ‘Most Valuable Players’ Stars a Blue-Haired Bekah Jenkins
Mohawk hairstyle that considered to be a warrior significance in Native American tradition is clearly visible in Fashion industry nowadays. The savage appearance of the Mohican hairdo is clashed with the sophisticated gowns, mixed with the neo-punk attitude and merged with the sporty classic. Presented in numerous openings from the colorful selection with the rainbow like effects, accentuated with feathers, braided like in the rustic fairy-tale, Mohican just proves that cannot be reserved to the 80’s punk subculture anymore.
Mohawk hairdo supposed to be a manifest signature for anarchy and opposition to consumptionism while with the progress of style became one of the trends that is frequently borrowed or even adopted in various versions on the catwalk, official and public events, photography and high street on every day basis.
Good or not, judge yourself . There is my favourite t-shirt from Panapoo “GPunk” that utterly covers the idea of punk attitude and style that I proudly wear on my daily basis.
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Take a look on the Fashion Focus selection by EdelScope that unveils Mohawk hairstyles in Fashion Photography:
The Vogue Netherlands May 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Savage Rianne ten Haken
Saskia de Brauw by Jan Walters for Antidote
Ana Beatriz Barros for Elle UK March 2012
Aline Weber by Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris February 2012 Beauty
Coco Rocha for Dressed to Kill
Catherine McNeil Gets Dark for Greg Kadel in Numéro #151
Malgosia Bela by Karim Sadli for Vogue Paris
‘Marching to a Different Beat’ in Vogue Nippon
The Dazed & Confused ‘A Scanner Darkly’
Under Her Spell’ by Nick Knight for Vogue UK
Patricija M by Xi Sinsong for Bambi Issue 10
The Numero ‘Solitaire’ Photoshoot Stars Model Martha Hunt
Along with the Italian meaning of the fashion brand, Vivacita is the essence of vigor – the sporty energy mingles with the sleekness of the city style and comfort. The word “vivacita” originated from Italian language, expresses the concept of vigor or energy. That name will definitely generate a positive connotation of the fashion statement presented by the brand. With the idea of slow fashion and timeless concept, the label focuses on the live dialogue between them and receivers. The athletic twist and sleek designs infuse with the refined taste and ultimate style testimony proving the wearability that will work fine on the city bicycle trip as well as the glamor of fashion week feel.
The designer Chia Jen Chan studied Industrial Design and fashion design at Milan’s prestige Istituto Marangoni of Fashion Design.
VIVACITA Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook
Official website: www.thevivacita.com
Photography by TK Yang
Model Julia Nykolyshyn at Linno,
Hair styling by May,
Makeup artist Kevin Chen
Images via designscene.net
Check also the gallery of VIVACITA Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook:
There is a breath of fresh futuristic air while considering some new hair tendencies from the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks. Ultramodern hairstyles were visible on the fashion shows of Yoshi Yamamoto, David Koma and Ann Valerie Hash. The common denominator is presented through V-formed partings expressing innovative feel.
David Koma highlighted the tribal significance either by apparel or the uncommon hairdo giving sporty elegance to the geometric ponytails. The new spin of the pin-up define both precision and individuality.
Yoshi Yamamoto focuses on the avant-garde side including the hairstyle for his Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk. The V-parting was assessed with pin-up back knots resembling horns. Very edgy yet sophisticated hairstyle was a perfect fulfillment for the concept of the show – architectural deconstruction being the specialty of Yamamoto’s trademark.
Ann Velerie Hash goes slightly different with her catwalk hairstyle forming Y parting decorated with the crown – like shape from the back.
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Mysticism of ancient legends and surrealism of modern sci – fi odyssey are the keys that encapsulate the poetry, romance and futurism bewitched in Bjorg Jewellery. This is very unique and exceptional line not only because of its eco friendly approach or dedication to craftsmanship tradition. The concept that balances between fine and raw is the key to the mystery of Bjorg jewels. Surrealistic inspirations infused with Charles Darwin’s point of view and ancient truths of mythology summarize nomadic approach and industrial touch of accessories. That is probably because of the origins, creative background in art and inspirational life of the creator of the Bjorg Jewellery Bjorg Nordli Mathisen. As the supporter of nomadic lifestyle and everlasting traveling he searches for creative stimulus around the world. From the origin of Bjorg Jewellery in 2004 Bjorg releases two conceptual collections per year. The latest line for 2012 entitled “Not all those who wander are lost” sounds like a proverb of wisdom whispered by the ancient prophets. You may feel these insubstantial powers through stunning lookbook conveying dreamlike scenarios of Misty Mountains where the time stopped in one point keeping the presence of Dark Knights and Beautiful Maidens captured in Arthurian Legends. The jewels reveal deep admiration for precious stones with iridescent colours, horsehair and feathers, claws, wings, chains and intricacy of spine construction and relic pieces.
Most fascinating about Morfium Couture – mythological inspirations, theatrical concept and progressive designs. The latest collection “Metropolis” is highly inspired by anallogically titled science- fiction movie – a masterpiece about urban dystopia and crisis. The costumes define theatrical influences mixed with mythology and futuristic vision.
When I learned that the name Morfium was taken from mythological Morpheas – messenger appearing in the dreams it really kept my attention. Following the idea of mythological mystery the brand is inspired by the mixure of traditional heritage. The dramatic mode is emphasized by variety of visual art – fashion and costume design, as well as media including photography, music, theatre and film.
Please check also my article about Morfium Couture on Fashionising.com