- 12 Lis
Rooster aka le coq, or more commonly cock as we say in England, was my inspiration behind
the new collection for A/W 2005/2006. It was inspired by my frequent travels to Portugal, in the Summer of 2004 whereI was working on an exciting project designing interior for a Farol Design Hotel, just outside of Lisbon. Cock, is a symbol of Portugal, as they call it Gallo. It is a symbol of life and energy and vitality. It is a very cheerful animal, a very cheerful image and a very cheerful word, which in English needless to say has a double meaning! Apart from that I was born in the year of 1969, which according to Chinese horoscope is a year of cock, a new beginning and a new chapter altogether! This collection as all about ‚joie de vivre’, celebration of fun, youth and cheeky naughtiness. By playing with the word itself and images of cock, the collection is for those who dare to be different without looking over the top. It is a wearable collection for young people who enjoy to be different and are not afraid of that. I dedicate this collection to all these people!
- 15 Wrz
Le Freak, C’est Chic
The repetitive present and inaccessible past -„Le Freak, C’est Chic” is the notion of the newest prêt-a-porter Autumn/Winter 2004/2005 collection of Arkadius. Arkadius has always been dissatisfied with the way that fashion images concentrate on young people to the virtual exclusion of the old. He is struck by the inner sense of joy and style when he sees people in their sixties and older who dress up for an occasion or just to walk in the streets. He also notes that a part of this style is often to include a very ordinary object as part of their style. In the collection „Le Freak C’est Chic” Arkadius reffers to the glamour and chic of the classic elegance that reflects itself in a crooked looking glass of the weird present. The very feminine, sexy look of his new designs is touched by artistic odd maneuver. The collection is intellectualy eclectic in forms, materials and colors. The collection theme has been inspired by the theatre play „Chairs” by Eugene Ionesco-one of the biggest French authors.
ARKADIUS • AW 2005 / Athens Fashion Week / photo Tim Griffiths
ARKADIUS • AW 2004 / London Fashion Week / photo Steve Wood