To their najaarscollectie force went to &Other Stories in the sea with the New York designer Zana Bayne. The launch of this collab full of leather harnesses, chokers, corsets, and belts will in any case not go unnoticed.
Count on the edgy H&M-sister &Other Stories to collaborations with labels and designers, who usually design in the margin. This in itself is a noble endeavour – a platform that suddenly enlarged, an audience that has to deal with the phenomenon of ‘independent designers’. In the best case is the high street consumer a back street believer and they realize that they clothing might be also elsewhere than in the chains can go shopping. For that reason alone, are the Stories-collaborations are so valuable. The most recent collaboration is shifting, however, had very different boundaries.
The artisan lederlijn of designer Zana Bayne is known for harnesses, chokers, lingerie and handbags. Well-known fans of the label include FKA Twiggs, Rei Kawakubo, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, who already has four year working closely with the label. The leather bras are out of Lemonade? The work of Zana Bayne and her design partner Todd hanged man.
Who the designs by Bayne, behold, loosely combined with a garderobeklassieker as a white shirt or a t-shirtjurkje, will immediately notice how the graphic lines of the harness, the garment a different dimension. Not only formal, but also substantive.
The accessories of Bayne are made of a soft leather but heavy loaded with subcultural references to the punkcultuur, to bondage, to domination and sexual liberation. A proper ambition for a simple accessory. Who Bayne carries the map a little and wants to do something in the paint, she her own body, whether it is a message of power, strength and sensuality.
Accessible is they are not, Zana Bayne, and what is so impressive is her collection for &Other Stories is that they mainstream not even searched, even though she would thus an entirely new audience can talk about.
Hard and soft
“We try to make a lederwarencollectie to create for modern women and places hard and soft in contrast and opposite to each other. We get pieces such as the leather armor out of their context and make an elegant accessory to any wardrobe and for all occasions to wear,” says Zana Bayne.
For this collab they devised and hanged man a few pieces that complement the basics in a wardrobe to serve; of distinctive forms and lines to silhouettes that are inspired by ready to wear.
The team of & Other Stories also working together with Zana to the creation of a prêt-à-portercollectie that can be combined with its collabstukken, so as to be able to present that hopefully will inspire. Hopefully, because & Other Stories is definitely not the most commercial collection.
And that’s exactly why this collaboration is so important. Not only are there issues and subcultures from the shadow are put in the spotlight, and sexuality in a restrained, respectful, but at the same time also insanely sensual manner, but shows the Swedish label also really believe in the designers with whom they collaborate – whether they spent a lot of money to earn or not.
Zana Bayne for &Other Stories is from 22 september online and in &Other Stories shops.