RA's Showroom for Boys
From June 27 to 30, RA will reward a student from Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts, La Cambre (Brussels) and Polimoda (Florence) with the opportunity to showcase their work at RA Paris & Antwerp. Their creations will shine alongside new and eclectic designs by Romain Brau, Nathan French, Devon Halfnight Leflufy, Arielle De Pinto & Erïk Bjerkesjö.
This season, Romain collaborated with the dancer and choreographer François Chaignaud on two dreamlike costumes that Chaignaud will be sporting for his new performance at the Montpellier Danse festival. Working together, the two creative souls came up with the weirdest and most insane results : birds flying around hats, dresses made of hair and lazered plants falling all around the dancer.
Since his very first collection, Couture-addict Romain Brau extracts his pieces from his wildest dreams and worst nightmares. He delights in blending colors and textures, feathers and furs, to send you straight to the third dimension with his men couture and custom-made designs.
Devon Halfnight Leflufy
Freshly dispatched from the West Coast, Devon Halfnight Leflufy's new collection explores the hybrid iconography of Los Angeles and its subcultures. Tracksuits melt seamlessly into embroidered cashmere jackets, hand knitted Lakers jerseys and laser cut leathers to create a luxurious "LA ethnic style".
Young Canadian fashion designer Devon Halfnight Lefluffy is a graduate of the Antwerp Academy and winner of the academy's ‘Louis’ prize for his “Six Eye Owl” collection in 2012. His work experience includes stints at Zero+Maria Cornejo and Walter Van Beirendonck.
Arielle De Pinto
Pieces from Arielle De Pinto's four collections - ATELIER classics, ADP classics, Arielle de Pinto MAN & LVMM - will be showcased this month at the RA showroom. Transfiguring a wide range of materials such as gold vermeil, sterling silver, palladium, stainless steel, De Pinto and her Montreal-based team fashioned anything from limited edition items, conceptual works, body pieces or jewelry to platforms sandals.
Canadian designer Arielle De Pinto works between Montreal and New York. From her days at Concordia University on, she has been perfecting the art of turning spools of chains into fluid, liquid-like fabrics. She launched her namesake line in 2007 and has since been presenting seasonal themed collections, complex garments, accessories, masks, and tapestries. Her work regularly appears on the pages of publications such as Dazed&Confused, Vogue & i-D and has been exhibited by international museums and galleries.
For his debut menswear collection, Nathan French drew inspiration from both Victorian taxidermy and African ceremonial dress, weaving incredible costume-like overcoats, jackets and wings. He also sought to create an ethical alternative to the fur coat, with layering of human hair and feathers.
Nathan French was born in Wales with Celtic & Anglo-Indian roots. Fascinated with fashion as a form of art, he studied a fashion BA at Central Saint Martins before moving to Italy and then Belgium, where he is currently settled. Inspired by his travels to India, the Middle East and Africa, he explores shapes, materials, fabrics and garments through the combination of traditional costumes from various origins with a post-modern fascination for taxidermy. Some of his creations have been worn by singers, dancers and performers.
Swedish footwear designer Erïk Bjerkesjö presents his second full menswear collection inspired from the mid 20th century international pandemonium, new wave music and Ingmar Bergman's austerity. Sleek, hard silhouettes suffused with white, grey, black and inky shades meet rich materials such as tanned calf leather, Egytian cotton, cashmere and formed wool, distilling an effortless elegance.
The whole collection was made in Venice, Italy in collaboration with local craftsmen.
A former student from Polimoda, Erïk Bjerkesjö was the ‘Who is on Next?’ winner of Pitti Uomo 2012, he presented his debut show at the Italian menswear tradeshow in January 2013.
Devon Halfnight Leflufy
Arielle De Pinto