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The very first show for me this fashion week season was the show of FRANCISCO VAN BENTHUM. The menswear label that is known for it’s elegant way of prevailing dress codes and restrictions in it’s vision on menswear, was this time honoring the constructivism - an art form from the period 1919-1934 in Russia.
The collection that is titled CON-STRUCT/FW14-15, was opened by loud electronically created beats, which created a dark, almost violent feel within the Westergasfabriek.
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With grumpy looking models, that were send of the runway wearing flip-flops with socks and a big scarf, the show got a rebellious, almost hooligan like vibe. Which could be linked to Benthums wish to bring positive attention Russian activists who oppose the increasing repression of the current regime.
Overall the collection, in my opinion, can be described as very wearable and well made, though I sincerely doubt the graphite prints used on the designs, I understand the choice for it within the concept and atmosphere of the collection which consisted of strong masculine silhouette, and harsh colors such as white, black and red, which in combination with fabrics such as a high-tech water-repellent nylon, used in wax-coat designs and luxurious alpaca wool used in army like swearers, created the right balance between quality and sporty, creating a modern street wear feel within the collection.
I must admit, I was not disappointed by the collection and I really looking forward to see the next collection.
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