Folk Alive – Swank
For FW15 new trend, we can see there are a lot “renew” of traditional and classical art. Criminal Girl also found a high street up and coming brand did a good job in this theme. Swank is established by Salvi Arzharael, Indonesian fashion designer. His latest collection inspired by the ancient EDO, carrying on the traditional folk art of Japan, combining it with modern printing and pattern cutting technique. Criminal Girl likes Swank new collection since it has well use of colors and pattern matching them with simplified silhouette.
Interview with Salvi Arzharael
G: Criminal Girl, S: Salvi Arzharael
G: Would you please tell me more about your latest collection?
S: This collection inspired by the ancient EDO–Old Tokyo, The city of EDO has become the central city of Japanese traditional dramatic beauty of Classical folk living, architecture, and art in the past. Edo has inspired SWANK to bring up the tale of a great city into its fall winter collection this year. Also representated in this collection, adapted the classical images into Swank’s DNA of High Street modern wearable attires with the combination of high quality print and hand embroidery of an art collaboration inspired by the kabuki performance art by Tamasaburo Bando and classic Japanese painting Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘the Great Wave of Kanagawa’ (Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura) and other Japanese iconic Ukiyo-e images by the young talented illustrator, Filikh Raja.
G: What is your muse for this collection?
S: Bandō Tamasaburō V (五代目 坂東 玉三郎 Godaime Bandō Tamasaburō) is a Kabuki actor, and the most popular and celebrated onnagata (an actor specializing in female roles) currently on stage. He has also acted in a handful of films.
G: What new for you this season? What kind of new make up/ accessories for your latest collection?
S:The new for this season is collaboration with Indonesian young talented illustrator; Filikh Raja for some printed collections, for women’s make up we used pale and natural beauty look as always and men’s classic sleek hair style, for accessories using mask that the secret squad during Meiji restoration era inspired to create the look.
G: Why did you interested in fashion?
S: Because fashion is about showing that you have creativity or taste that others don’t have. So, with fashion I can express my feelings, emotion as well express my creativity into the clothes came to whole collection.
G: What do you think about the new designers in Indonesia?
S:The new designers in Indonesia is grown up over the years. They’re doing brilliant, talented with fresh new ideas and creativity.
G: What is the next project for you?
S: Preparing the new collection.
G: Where do you seek your inspiration?
S:Most of the inspirations come up from daily activities, sometimes from the books, from the movies I’ve watched.
G: What is your favorite designer and why?
S: Thom Browne; which has a strong base in tailoring with a playful, and at times subversive, edge.
When Criminal Girl meets Swank FW15 collection