KRJST atelier visit

Nothing is more interesting than to look into a designer’s head. But since brain surgery is not our forte, we’ll settle for atelier visits. Mood boards, fabric samples, sketches, flee market finds,… a designer’s atelier is where the magic happens. Last Sunday we had a tea at KRJST’s atelier, just across the Wiels, centre for contemporary art situated in an old Brewery in Brussels. Small but functional, designers don’t need a lot of space to be creative.

Avid I Love Belgium readers know that we have a soft spot for this Brussels artist collective whose key people are Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx. They both graduated at the Brussels fashion academy La Cambre but it wasn’t till last year that they actually really got to know each other (fashion students are too stressed out and too busy when they’re studying) and decided to start a collective. Their first collection was immediately picked up internationally and is sold at Opening Ceremony Japan.

KRJST’s just finished their Spring Summer 14 collection and they’re ready and set to present their new baby during Paris Fashion Week. The overall theme of the collection is discipline. They were inspired by Russian iconography and old Soviet imagery. The collection has military influences but there’s also a sporty touch since Russian Communist society placed a heavy emphasis on physical conditioning and participation in sports. This results in military tailoring and elements such as badges, and athletic inspired cuts such a elastic band shorts.

Prints and innovative weaving techniques are KRJST’s trademark, also in this collection. The authority of the cuts born of a military locker-room is challenged by the prismatic prints and soft fabrics, a sign of freedom. The new prints are made of scans of materials such as lace and sequins or flee market treasures such a collection of cigar bands with portraits of Belgian military. The result is a very opulent and chic but also very versatile collection. A print short can be worn with a white blouse and heels making it a very chic silhouette, but worn with a cool pair of sneakers and a cropped top it will create a totally different look. For a full report of the collection, you’ll have to wait but you can start imagining with this inside view of the collective’s workplace. Hereunder you can see a selection of the pictures, go to our Facebook page to see the whole series.

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