…with Baltic tinges
consuming them, spraying raw rainbows through and over everything in her way,” Fyodor said.
Graphic shapes printed and stitched onto garments brought a necessary contrast to the camouflage, leopard and checked textiles, and provided a sense of urgency and active living. Silhouettes were constructed to be protective, yet feminine and soft.
Known for creatively manipulating materials through ground-breaking technology, Fyodor Golan’s collaboration with 3M and the company’s Post-it products, also brought to life the unified mission to apply design and creativity in dynamic ways, to empower the freedom of self-expression.
“The Post-it products have come to express everyday art forms and an element of universal self-expression. The Post-it Notes iconic colours and design purity have been essential to our collections over the last 5 years,” Fyodor said.
“Moveable printed and embossed leather Post-it Note shapes bring that freedom of expression to the garments through simple messages and reminders. We wanted to create interchangeable, individual uniform-like quality to the garments. Designing limited edition FG Post-it Notes, printed 360 at a perfect cube, and connected the two worlds.”
Both Fyodor and Golan grew up with The Powerpuff Girls and both remain huge fans. For the designers, these three characters empower one to be oneself.
“They encompass strength, power to stand up for yourself against all odds, and at the same time be overly cute. Designing with the girls in mind was really liberating and felt naturally relevant. We love the iconic qualities of simplicity of line, colour and mood, and translated this into prints and embroideries. And starring in our own Powerpuff Girls cartoon was a dream come true,” Fyodor said.
Supporting talent to develop sustainable businesses is a must, and encouraging creatives to be creative entrepreneurs, and to innovate, is a must for future success.
“I encourage designers to be bold in design and in business,” Dame Natalie Massenet said.
And boldness is what the Baltic designers achieved through their drive and expressive approaches. Fyodor Golan, through their cutting-edge collection of playful undertones, with experimental cuts focused on bold colours and digital-like textures, and Roberta Einer who showed off her textile ingenuity through her collaboration with Swarovski: silk-satin braids embroidered upon a silk base with crystal beads woven through. A heavyweight forest green coat featured a fully hand-embroidered crystal back yoke, incorporating raffia, heavy wool yarn and raised crystal surface area through wire. Playing into the graphic and bold nature of her collection were prints, pleating and 3-D fabric manipulation techniques, which were all new this season.