Preview: AWAKE SS14 by Natalia Alaverdyan
Rise and shine, fashion cockrels
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.
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.
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.
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.