With a firm eye on the future, Who’s Next and Premiere Classe have invited seven promising young designers to take part in an up-cycling styling exercise as part of the (RE)CREATE project.
Although it may sound like a trendy new sport, up-cycling is a process, a design method that involves taking old vintage pieces, adapting and transforming them, and giving them a new lease of life. Far more than just a concept, up-cycling above all marks a significant environmental choice. In line with the theme of this season’s trade show, the designers all share one common DNA: their Mediterranean roots. Working hard to create their mini capsule-collections of twenty pieces each, these seven young talents were given free reign to explore the incredible playground that is the EUREKA FRIPE stock warehouse in Rouen, best known for its emblematic shopwindow at Kiliwatch Paris.
From 1st to 5th September, the pieces will be at Who’s Next and Premiere Class trade shows at the Porte de Versailles. From 1st September until 2nd October, the limited edition collections will go on sale at the Kiliwatch Paris vintage store in Etienne Marcel, Paris and throughout October 2016, the (RE)CREATE pop-up store will be open at the LAFORET Harajuku in Tokyo.
Meet the seven artists below and find out more online.
SEA FOR SINNERMAN: Avid sailor Nicholas Capron named his label as a tribute to Nina Simone. For the project, this master mariner mixing American sailor pants, shorts and caps to create white sailor smocks.
SECOND ST: In 2011, socially conscious designers Sarah and Tracy set up a free fashion education programme in their native Beirut. Typically working with a variety of different materials, the designers have chosen to combine military jackets and denim, paying homage to the rustic image of Mediterranean olive trees.
LOUIS GABRIEL NOUCHI: Runner-up at the Festival de Hyères in 2014, this designer loves buying second-hand clothes not just to wear, but to strip down and take apart. A fan of graphic prints, Louis Gabriel will be combining black suit jackets and multicoloured kimonos for the project.
WORK_ON: Up-cycling is the preferred creative design method for Italian designer Giuseppe Caniglia. He refashions old pairs of trainers entirely by hand and gives them a totally new, street look. This time, he’ll be modernising old pairs of classic Converse.
DELPHINE DÉNÉRÉAZ: From Nice to Brussels, this young designer shares her bold and colourful jewellery pieces, which are typically inspired by her travels abroad. For the project, she will be unravelling gaudy football scarves to create brand new, over-sized shawls.
MANÉMANÉ: Who's Next spotted Miguel and Guillermo, the guys who make up this Spanish duo, at their latest fashion show. The mix & match addicts are recycling old jeans to produce an ultra contemporary range of Levi’s 501.
BLUE LINE: Sakina M’sa is used to working with recycled materials, using fabrics from renowned fashion houses to complete her collections. She will be using blue worker overalls to provide a beautiful range of navy-blues to design from.