'Distortions of a daisy-age psychedelia were in full force for Alex Mullins this season. Something of a meditation about the current state of the world, the slipping away of reality, and the interrogation of it.'
'There’s a consistent clarity with his aesthetic, namely a subversion of the mundane and an obsession with the graphically and structurally surreal. The best example of this being SS18’s motif of lopsided arms and shirts and jackets, which gave the impression of melting – or at least of a dislocated scapula. '
The Breakfast Club meets Nightcrawler mix prettyvacantcyde concocted for the AMBUSH Paris showroom. The mood swings from Sith to Jedi.... a dark John Hughes party...
AMBUSH® debuted SS18 collection ‘Hues’ with a presentation during Paris Men’s Fashion week, the first time using models. A high school detention setting was a nod to the collections inspiration, Director John Hughes’ 80’s classic, ‘The Breakfast Club’.
AMBUSH® HUES Collection embodies a coming of age, when a sense of self-identity emerges from the stereotypes placed upon us.
In popular culture this is a high school rite-of-passage, but in reality we can graduate at any age. Cassette tape earrings and crushed can jewels are ‘found objects’ cast in sterling silver. Chokers studded with crystals fit for a prom queen to wear with her championship misfit ring wearing date. Accessories canvassed by apparel, classics with a contemporary twist completing the AMBUSH® uniform.
Molly Goddard’s work often reclaims a traditional feminine aesthetic that has long symbolized, if subtly, the oppression and societal strictures of young womanhood. The British designer’s bright, embroidered smock dresses—baggy, ruched, something fit for a doll—are girly, and yet still leave room for you to breathe, and, if you fancy it, to not be girly at all. Goddard appreciates a youthful sort of anti-fashion sense, finding inspiration in the way kids appear “when they’ve obviously dressed themselves, and are looking a bit mad.”
Do you ever sort of get pushback or any criticism from using the term “girly”?
I don’t know, I think I use it very lightly if at all. I don’t want to be too closely associated to that because I think it has the kind of connotations that aren’t completely positive. But I think it’s a useful, descriptive word. I don’t think it’s a bad word. I don’t know, I guess I’m always keen to not be put into that bracket of pretty, girly clothes. My clothes are a bit more than that. I’d like to think so anyway. [laughs] And I’m not very girly.
What’s the most interesting or inspiring way you’ve seen someone style your clothes?
There was a Beauty Papers thing someone did and I thought that was really lovely because it was about skin, and skin through the tulle which was really amazing. I think Tim Walker and Jacob K did a Vogue issue that I loved. They used my stuff in a few things and it was really transformed. There were two shoots—one with Kate Moss which was really romantic and another one which was a bit weirder and darker. And it was nice to see the two in the same issue. Then also my sister Alice Goddard, she’s a stylist and she always uses my things. I always like seeing what she picks because often what I don’t imagine she’d like is what she ends up picking. So I think that’s interesting to see. And we work closely together on the collection.
What do you wish there was more of in the fashion industry today?
Maybe more money? [laughs] I don’t know, I’d say money because it was really fun when everyone had loads of money to do really frivolous shows. There aren’t many things that are meant to be quite so frivolous as fashion, so I think it’s kind of a good thing to celebrate in that way. But then I also find I’m most creative when I don’t have the money to do something. And we definitely always work on a really tight budget. I suppose I wish there were more of the theatrical shows that there used to be.
Read the full interview by Rachel Hodin for Office Magazine HERE
There are no better "couple goals" than those of Ambush. Originally founded by Yoon Ahn to restyle the image of her rapper husband Verbal, the line has since evolved into a total reconstruction of Japanese style. It's a notable feat for an Asian-American originally from the suburbs of Seattle, even moreso considering the patriarchal standards upheld by a large majority of Japanese culture—not to mention the fact that she is completely self-taught. Ahead of the LVMH Prize announcement, we sat down with the designer to talk all things fashion.
What do you want most out of fashion?
I don’t expect anything out of fashion, but as long as the destiny allows me to work and create in this industry, I want to deliver things that will make a mark in history.
Do you feel you have a responsibility to reflect the times and make political statements in your art? If not, why? If so, how are you accomplishing this?
There is a clear distinction between being an artist and a designer. I don’t see myself as an artist. We live in time so certain ideologies might get reflected in the tone of the design/collection. However, I try not to mix political statements into my designs. I believe my role as a designer is to makes things people want to wear and enjoy no matter what’s going on in the world, not forcing my views and beliefs on the customers. We are not that kind of a brand.
Your top 4 designers dead or alive?
Rei Kawakubo. Walter Gropius from Bauhaus. Steve Jobs. Martin Margiela.
How do you want to be remembered?
Still figuring that out. I’ll let you know in 10 years.
Read the full interview by Marz Lovejoy for Office Magazine HERE
Read all about Melbourne model Ava in the interview on Cool Pretty Cool, wearing pieces from Slow Waves
'She got into modelling after shooting with friends and from people online asking her to do shoots for school portfolios and independent brands. Folk collective found her through that. She counts Jane Birkin, Christy Turlington, Jerry Hall and Kate Moss among her all-time fave models, but really prefers “amazing mod/glam/punk musicians from the 60s and 70s.” Based on the above info, we’re pretty bloody excited to cop her new vintage store!'