FYODOR GOLAN autumn/winter 2016 collection catwalk show for LFW
FYODOR GOLAN presented a modern autumn/winter 2016 collection at BFC Show Space for London Fashion Week. The new looks were edgy and vibrant. Here are our images from the show.
Designers Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman are known for playful, experimental clothes that draw on an eclectic range of influences and styles. For their autumn/winter collection they put on a characteristically fun, dynamic show of designs that really made the most of bold colours and quirky textures.
This seasons aesthetic seemed to grow from a strange mash-up between high and low culture. The ultimate success of modern consumerism, Coca-Cola, was given equal footing with Boticelli’s Renaissance masterpiece, The Birth of Venus, as motifs from both vintage adverts and iconic painting were emblazoned across dresses and coats.
It was not only in the use of such instantly recognisable images that Fyodor Golan explored these ideas of culture, but also in the way they combined apparently trashy colours and materials with more luxurious textures and complex shapes. The design duo cited as an influence the work of artist Nicole Wermers, who combines unexpected materials in sculptures and installations that explore the appropriation of art by modern consumerism. In the same way as Wermer’s puts together apparently disparate objects to make a point, the designer’s use of shiny metallic and neon colours along with images of pop culture and history, invite us to question our own ideas of what is “high” and “low” culture.
It is easy to dwell on the complex ideas and influences that drive this collection – but that would mean forgetting the point of these clothes, which are above all designed to be fun. Colours and patterns clash wildly across dresses and dramatic cape coats, whilst elsewhere lurid patterned tights are offset by metallic brogues and flared skirts. Elsewhere, giant frills and oversized bows adorn a top or a mid-length gown, with vibrant elbow-length gloves completing the acid-prom look in striking style.
These clothes are not designed for the faint hearted – but that’s the secret of Fyodor Golan’s success.
Photos: Krisztian Pinter