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Preview: AWAKE SS14 by Natalia Alaverdyan

Preview: AWAKE SS14 by Natalia Alaverdyan

Rise and shine, fashion cockrels

Text: Buro 24/7


Image: Natalya Alaverdyan

The former fashion director of Harper's Bazaar Russia is branching into new territory with her own brand – and she's looking towards Japan to do so.

Maintaining a special relationship with Japanese artistry, Russian Natalya Alaverdyan used the influence of the rising sun throughout her debut offering last season. Now the editor-turned-designer has revisited oriental motifs once again, plus silhouettes built on the idea of a kimono and 'samurai sword sharp' coats and jackets.

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The creations capture the essence of filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, whose movies Alaverdyan watched during breaks between creating sketches and layouts – utterly immersing herself in culture for the collection. In fact, prints such as Hawaiian flowers are a direct reflection of Kitano's film Kikujiro.

 

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A noticeable symbol also used throughout is a Japanese cockrel or rooster bird, referred to by the designer as a 'cock teaser', her signature of the season – the specific element of inspiration to which one can only guess. An animal considered sacred in Japan, Alaverdyan has used it almost everywhere: from free cut trousers to bulky sweaters and jackets with elbow detailing, plus specifically cockrel-red blouses and dresses cut with an open back. The result is an original edit of looks, sure to see you set the style agenda in any crowd.

 

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Our pick comes in the form of a grey coat covered in a cool white rooster print, perfect to perch in the chicest of closets until next season.

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