Fashion Week is in full swing, with shows and events that offer a glimpse of the future of fashion. But if you’re looking for an outfit for the here and now, the new collection from magazine and fashion brand 032c might be worth a look in. The Maria ready-to-wear A/W 2021 collection brings mind-warping images of a chessboard to life with a selection of playful pieces. The silhouettes are diverse: sometimes the garments hug the models’ bodies, sometimes the cuts are almost boxy. Work jackets sit alongside evening dresses and sweatpants, with the familiar chequered pattern running like a thread through the whole line-up. Particularly striking is the (Un)Checked Mohair Sweater, whose “trompe-l’oeil” print takes the chess pattern and twists and contorts it.
Less dreamy but no less Berlin is the Berlin, Berlin 2 collection from media brand Highsnobiety which celebrates architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his final modernist work, the Neue Nationalgalerie. After a complex restoration under architect David Chipperfield, the gallery reopened its doors this summer. To mark the occasion, this limited collection of embroidered vintage MA-1 jackets, baby blue caps and shirts with Nationalgalerie prints celebrates Mies van der Rohe’s work as well as key figures who have shaped Berlin. Among them is the late Keith Haring, and together with his foundation, the brand has created hoodies and T-shirts with special iconography featuring the likes of the Berlin Wall. If you have the budget, you should get hold of these clothes while you can: both collections are set to sell out quickly.
Text: Sophie Doering / Photos: 032c & Christian Werner