Stephen Schneider Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection
It’s becoming more rare for a modern menswear collection to be based upon a unique and unusual concept, but this is certainly something the latest release from Belgian designer Stephen Schneider achieves. Entitled ‘From Rugs to Riches’, the collection draws inspiration from a combination of ornamental carpets and arabesque elements. Although interpretation of ethnic prints in men’s fashion is not uncommon (the current Navajo trend is a great example of this), the fusion and translation of influences in this collection are both inventive and refreshing.
All of the collection’s rich materials, such as the wools and alpaca mix, are exclusive to the Antwerp based label, having been designed and developed in house. Further still, each garment has been lovingly constructed with every refined and subtle detail finished by hand. Despite its tribute to lavish textures and 19th century romanticism, the collection is spared from being overbearing by its clever use of clean lines and balanced tailoring.
The campaign’s ponchos and scarves serve as a particularly bold representation of its Persian-style approach, with ‘tapis’ patterns and motifs embroidered with traditional gold, red and black. These themes are present but less obvious in the mohair-lined blazers and quilted shirts, items more characteristic of the company’s subdued and minimalistic ethos.
Flexibility and customization also feature in the collection’s scarves and coats, which can be worn and styled in multiple ways. This gives the wearer options in terms of individualism and adaptation, allowing them to create their own tapestry based upon the interaction of fabric and form. The casual fitting trousers epitomize this idea, with the contrast wool-knit back adding the perfect amount of playful detail.