JEAN//PHILLIP | SPRING / SUMMER 2012
Having never attended fashion school, Danish designer Jean-Phillip decided to found his own label in 2007, introducing a new and innovative way in which we view couture menswear. A constant rising star on the Copenhagen fashion scene, the signature style of Jean//Phillip is edgy and minimalistic.
The label has been described by many as representative of contemporary, modern Avant-gardism although this seems to be a little of an understatement for such a daring designer.
What we have come to expect of Jean//Phillip is collections bursting with attitude and aggression, with broken hemlines and angular cuts present throughout his Spring / Summer 2012 offering.
The inspiration behind the collection is that of the Japanese Samurai, using pictures and films as his references, Phillip has created a Spring / Summer collection comprised of kimono cuts and sleek drapery.
The dark colour palette of monochromatic black, white and grey is that typically associated with Fall / Winter collections; however the lack of bright colour or oriental patterning is still given a summery upheaval by the array of light jackets, sleeveless vests and shorts on display.
The feminine attributes present in various areas of Phillip’s garment construction has always lead to the underlying tones of androgyny we now see as a trademark of his work. The key piece in this area has to be what deceivingly looks to be a simple woollen sweater, but when turned around is tied across the back by no more than a thin string of fabric leaving the models back completely bare.
The couture-like workmanship and attention to detail of Phillip’s execution has certainly created a collection for the fashion-conscious, exceedingly adventurous man.
– Laura Townsend