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Inspiration Fall 2016
Fall 2016

It would be unnatural to call any of the designs of Michalis Stylianoudes, a result of an ordinary fashion behaviour. On the contrary his collections since the beginning, have established that his creations are nothing close to a quiet but in fact loud rejection to convention.

 

Stylianoudes’s Autumn / Winter 2016.2017 collection achieves just that. The collection draws inspirations from the ancient Japanese martial art of stick fencing called ‘Kendo’, or as they like to call it “the way of the sword”, a practice related to the Samurai sword fencing, preformed with a top to toe body armor.

 

In a world where masculinity and femininity converge; the ‘Kendo’ based collection mirrors a genderless uniform which does not make any distinctions and treats both men and women equally. Michalis Stylianoudes found the perfect way to convey this by adapting the armor’s inspiring shapes with shield like panels to cut-out shoulder double face jackets, that can be worn either showing the dark navy colored horizontal and vertical paneling and the tartan patterned denim finish or; reversed to an allover denim look transfixing your outfit to a day-to-night useful safe mode using a fun radical edge thanks to its shape and cut-out details.

 

There will always be “two sides of the same coin” hence in this particular collection you discover that using innovative design means using “as little design as possible” and instead offer contemporary versions of wearable and unique structures to coordinating separates with the use of high quality textured fabrics.

 

An image that stimulates a stillness and control, much like kendo, where “stillness of one’s self’ whilst the heart and the mind are moving…is the key to understanding your opponent’s next move”. In Stylianoudes’ words «Women can find new ways to stylize their overall look…without having to challenge themselves with the normal silhouettes…instead focus on things such as fluidity and aesthetics’.

 

A collection of minimalistic techniques on geometric fabrics forming knee-length and/or above the knee dresses with warrior like shield padded shoulder blades that follow the principles of balance and cutting edge layering in all the right places.

 

The end result; wearable attire that not only is creative but also offers a universal yet accessible privilege to modern generic standards from cultural influences. Spontaneity, equality, art and technical skills are succumbed together by designer Michalis Stylianoudes. The vast energy of the heart and the mind’s movements accomplish collections such as this where every piece bears a strong and powerful message.