FASH 2013 SEXes
European Fashion Award FASH 2013
The collection “Grenzgänger“ (crossover artists) is based on observation of men aged between 18 and 28, who consider themselves heterosexuals, yet are fascinated by or even open to homosexual „slip-ups“, the allure of the forbidden, and simply pure lust. They are the crossover artists, who lives and acts at the boderline of two different worlds. Just like Oscar Wilde, Egon Schiele or Alfred Kinsey long before them. Yet despite their uninhibited lifestyle, they often battle with insecurity and emotional chaos. The elegant-austere collection consisting of 25 modern interpretations of classic men’s fashions made of luxurious materials like wool, mohair, cashmere or leather, illustrates these moments. Sexual tension is reflected by visible, heavy metal zippers, and further strengthened by steel jewelry made by Arne Soltau. These are tools for the crossover artist to drive both men and women crazy.
|Jury Statement||Tim Labenda presents a very mature men’s collection. With his flair for Zeitgeist he is able to absorb and analyse desires and sentiments, and condense them into an impressive collection. He shows how commercial men’s fashion can evolve. The industry generally sticks to classic silhouettes in trendy colors. Tim Labenda, on the other hand, applies new cuts with attractive, masculine colors, and adds contrasts and knit elements. All made of the best materials and with the best tailoring. This resulted in a collection with so many facets that there are many different ways to wear it. In addition, he creates a good balance between the new and the familiar; both are deciding factors for success in the market.
Tim Labenda is a master in his craft: patterns, colors, materials, and, a deciding factor today, communication. Internally with strong and consistent mood boards and look books, externally with photography and video. Labenda proves that he can lead a team to reach its goals. A talented and ambitious designer with a global perception, who has the power to leave his mark on a brand. — Member of the Jury Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Adviser, Hennes & Mauritz, Stockholm
Prof. Johann Stockhammer
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