IVANMAN »KAFKA« AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 MEN’S COLLECTION

© by IVANMAN / Photography Patrick Walter / Styling Ivan Mandzukic / Make-Up Abra Kennedy / Model David Suchy / Photography Assistance Phillip Koll

»THE SPIRIT BECOMES FREE ONLY WHEN IT CEASES TO BE A SUPPORT« Franz Kafka

The main inspiration for the IVANMAN A/W 2012 collection are the 
thoughts, feelings and the overall state of mind of the writer
 Franz Kafka. His works, written in the era of the downfall of the 
Austro-Hungarian Empire a century ago, tell of the alienation of man
in modern society and his fight against the evils of bureaucracy but
also the poetry of endless love letters contradicting the
 unwillingness to bind oneself to the beloved person and topped up with 
the romantic but dramatic loss of love. All of this in a mood where 
War is comprehended as a global state of fear and as a synonym for an
almighty destructive rage, and where destruction has become a
principle of daily survival.

IMAGINATIVE SEVERITY



IVANMAN reflects these views through a rigorous shaping counteracted
by imaginative details. Precise cuts meet playful colours or strict geometric applications in his collection of shirts, classic jackets and sports jackets. Minimalistic chest-covers function as tie
replacements. Over-sleeves recall nostalgic official’s uniforms.
 As to the color palette, he indulges in gloomy blacks mingled with
clear white, in between he perceives a gradations of soft beige, brown
and light gray tones. This collection feels an obliged simplicity and
a fantasy of transformation. The »think local be global« comes to
 mind.




»I consider my fashion as a development of literature, music, 
architecture or fine arts and try to reflect our current social state.
 Kafka strikes our Zeitgeist in an impressive way. The collection
 contributes to the alternative interpretation of his work.« IVANMAN

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