Designer: Kiko Kostadinov
Location: London, UK
Key Pieces: The relaxed jacquard blazer in image #1, the chef suit in #14, and the white and gray two-piece in #17.
Editor’s Notes: For Spring/Summer 2019, Kiko Kostadinov has once again presented his take on workwear. The SS19 show took inspiration from The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ — an installation piece by German artist Martin Kippenberger that, according to the runway notes, imagines a "fictional utopia of universal employment."
Kostadinov’s pieces themselves cover a large swath of employment types. There are office-ready blazers and a loose plaid suit alongside more utilitarian offerings such as orange high-vis pieces and robust-looking dark-toned suits. The collection also features relaxed trousers and tunic-like tops that look closer to gap-year backpacker clothes than what we think of as workwear.
Kostadinov also continued his collaboration with ASICS, showing purple and green sneakers with a translucent gel midsole, mesh upper and a striking spiral “a” logo in place of the brand's signature stripes.
In other Fashion Week news, Xander Zhou looks to a dystopian future for SS19.