When two brilliant artists collaborate, you're bound to go on an LSD acid trip off their artistry. Check out Kojak and Ikon Chiba's newest fashion film.
We still can't get over Kojak's new collection, with all its curves, turns, florals, soft and sharp colours and folds – how could you feel like it's anything less than an alternate reality, where you can discover all these opposing ends of yourself in one sartorial masterpiece? Well, getting even more philosophical about how fashion is a reflection of who we are – our movements, our bodies, and how they navigate the world – he collaborated with art director Ikon Chiba to come up with a fashion film that portrays all the ways artists can simultaneously inspire one another: Trippin'. We talked to both artists behind the work, who were too humble, and each one kept crediting the other with the results; we got both of them to talk about their perspective on this groundbreaking collection. But, before that, watch the film:
Kojak, who we suspect is the reincarnation of the god of fashion from Greek mythology, came out with a collection that is quite experimental in echoing and exploring the theme of youthfulness. With some pieces carrying sharpness in their cuts and edges, yet delicacy of patterns and fabrics, and others with boldness in colours and a softness in design, it's an embodiment of the creativity of youth and the harmonious contradictions that come with that stage in life.
"It's a more experimental, fresh, not too dramatic, and more of a youthful feel," Kojak tells us. "You have the glamorous scene of getting ready before you go out, then you'll notice sweating, then a lot of dancing and movement." Of course, with those scenes, in just one minute and 45 seconds we were able to see how the collection works in all these settings and how it complements every move within our existence.
Chiba says he was happy to work with Kojak because his aesthetic is very close to his – darkness with lightness – and that this particular collection carries a strategic design, it keeps true to Kojak's vision of avant garde and, at the same time, has a twist and is wearable. As for his inspiration, he tells us that he sees his work in three stages: "First is 'Vanity and Art of Preparation', which is all about the aesthetic and artistic process of enhancing oneself, which is one that definitely involves being true to yourself and how you want appear. The second is 'Dissolving in One's Reflection' which is when the models pop small mirror stamps. The act is inspired by the act of taking drugs, and instead of staring into a mirror, that's one way of reflecting into oneself – from the inside." We thought this was some quite heavy stuff us simple folk don't even get, but we were totally getting it. Lastly, Chiba says the final stage of the film is all about 'Morphing Into Euphoria'; "It's all about having a good time at the end. It's trippy!" And we certainly felt that way by the end. We were just there like, can we put on one of those masterpieces (we promise we'll shower) and join this "after party," as Kojak calls it.)