Joining the ranks of fellow design houses such as Martin Margiela, VETEMENTS and 69 who thrive in conjuring up their creations shrouded behind a thick cloak of enigma, dystopian streetwear label Darkdron is the latest sensation to be shaking up the fashion community as of late. Last month, the brand emerged out of their shadowy GIF-coated Netherealm by launching their inaugural line in a bunker 65 meters beneath the outskirts of Moscow; keeping attendees hostage for one hour as they roamed about the murky scene, occasionally running into models who looked like runaways from a forgotten ’90s direct-to-VHS cyberpunk film.
The brainchild behind Darkdron’s cryptic creations is Gio Forbice, the former designer of shoe brand Forfex who are perhaps best known for their collaborations with Hood By Air. “I’ve been always fascinated by classic 1980s – 1990s sci-fi movies and the dystopian futures they created,” explains Forbice in a recent interview with Dazed. “The white dove coming out of the flame we use on one of the prints means freedom that you own, but can’t really have.”
In addition to their unorthodox presentation, Darkdron have decided to unveil their Spring/Summer 2016 designs courtesy of both a lookbook and video. Bearing a similar aesthetic to HBA, the collection flashes its ’90s influences and fetishistic, rave-ready sex appeal in the form of oversized hoodies and tees emblazoned with retro net graphics, deconstructed trousers and cropped long-sleeve shirts with mesh detailing. The video, filmed during the brand’s Moscow show, plays out like a slasher film, only heightened by an abrasive industrial soundtrack by Zhenya Basarov.
Flip through the lookbook above and press play below to check out the visual.