Maxim Meyer-Horn

21 Jun

KOMONO Drops Capsule Collection With 5 Master Students of the Antwerp Fashion Department

It has become a yearly tradition because for the third year in a row, Komono partners up with the highly regarded fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Five master students received the opportunity to design three different pairs of sunglasses for an exclusive capsule collection that can be linked to their personal work.

The 15-sunglasses-counting collection is a great representation of the versatility in design aesthetics of the five master students that conclude years of hard work this summer.

The Belgian eyewear brand is known for giving young creatives a platform and will extend that in the future with the launch of KOMONO NEXT. The project functions as a continuous experiment exploring the boundaries of fashion accessories by giving young upcoming creatives from all over the world a chance. The partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp is one of the first bigger projects that is a part of KOMONO NEXT, and it won’t be the last.

KOMONO x Luca Holzinger

Giving perspective

Every student got free rein on their designs, which results in a wide range of different approaches. Julie Kegels found her main inspiration in Judy Chicago’s installation artwork The Dinner Party and created a set that references lace blindfolds. Luca Holzinger brings an ode to his grandmother, who broke free from a restrictive relationship by playing with shapes that remind us of water and waves.

Kaya Gayoung Lee wanted to explore love as a universal language and tried to bring her interpretation of how verbal expressions of affection can be translated into garments and eyewear. The use of spiky, angular shapes and shadows hint at arrows and result in an eye-catching collection.

Mohammed el Marnissi was inspired by an Arabian myth, which is about two conflicted lovers who built a labyrinth to keep their relationship a secret. This comes to life in glasses that have a double layer as if there were two frames placed upon each other. Finally, Ingmar Patton Plusczyk tries to find a balance between the very luxurious and the idea of something very cheap, which is based on the story of Marchesa Louisa Casati. With these three sunglasses, Ingmar wants to remind us that self-expression comes from within and has little to do with accumulated wealth.

A pair of sunglasses will be sold for a suggested retail price of €199 and is available through their website, the KOMONO store in Antwerp, and selected retailers.

KOMONO x Ingmar Patton Plusczyk

KOMONO x Kaya Gayoung

Pictures by Anton Fayle

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