KOMONO x Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp capsule
KOMONO is proud to introduce its collaboration with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. An incubator for new talent and innovative design, the Academy has been on the forefront of global fashion since the rise of the Antwerp Six and remains one of its most influential voices. Out of their mutual interest for experimentation and innovation, KOMONO presents a capsule created by four graduate students. With its exploration of innovative forms, search for new colour combinations and pursue for the original treatment of materials, the collection reimagines the eyewear of tomorrow.
GRACE HYEJIN KIM
The whole collection started with one phrase ‘’it’s cold, I’m just chilling’’.
I was inspired by winter and combined this with the idea of sitting at home on the sofa. The overall atmosphere transmits a certain coldness and conveys my feelings of being lonely and longing for family as an international student in a foreign country.
I started putting together the collection after watching ‘’Ex Machina’’, this really polished movie about artificial intelligence. The whole aesthetic is based on laboratories and has this very clean feel to it. The idea of playing with a mask for this project appealed to me a lot. I started to do research into the negative space of these objects in order to create a new kind of shape.
“See you in the fog” references adolescence and depicts a teenager’s concerns of not fitting into a grown-up world, as well as his or her attempts to do so. Set in a forest rave in Stockholm, it connects contemporary rave culture with new ways of preserving nature and craftsmanship. Technical materials are linked with contrasting natural inputs and traditional techniques. The unisex sunglasses reference trees which are tinted blue, yellow and green by artificial strobe lights.
My main goal was to create the effect of make-up in eyewear. As make-up is always applied onto the skin, I was interested in transforming it into an object or accessory that you can easily put on and off. The glasses consist of one colored lens that covers the face which is then enhanced with gradient prints and embellished with rhinestones.