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5.18.2017

Kiko Kostadinov

Bulgarian-born menswear designer and recent Central Saint Martins graduate Kiko Kostadinov showcased his new line at a solo presentation sponsored by NEWGEN. For him, the presentation came just months after completing CSM's MA Fashion program. At the school's MA fashion show at London Fashion Week, he sent a cast of balaclaved models down the runway, dressed in a collection that riffed on contemporary workwear, with a focus on cut. For this season's collection, in a room littered with industrial looking neon lights, Kiko Kostadinov elaborated on this theme with an offering he described afterwards as a "clean uniform". Rendered in utilitarian shades of white and black, blue, brown and beige, this uniform came in his now-trademark silhouette (slightly oversized upstairs, cropped and slightly flared downstairs), styled, like his MA collection, with Hoka cushioned running shoes. This also saw the addition of accessories : scarves and hats modeled on those worn by cleaning ladies. After the show, however, he admitted the end result looked more like artists' berets, and were a bit more romantic –particularly with the hair poking out from beneath them. It also saw a return to the deconstructed hoodies he created in collaboration with Stüssy for his BA collection –but instead of decorating them with elaborate fraying, he did so with a military, tarpaulin-like fabric. To sum up, it was a strong first presentation and a reminder of London fashion's inextricable association with young talent.

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