It’s very difficult to describe the kind of aesthetic that designers like Annika Berger (for her label Skyward) and Karolina Kling (for her label Kling by Kling), PAM, KTZ and other labels often found in the likes of Super Super magazine promote and design. It’s not exactly streetwear in the strictest sense of the word. It’s not club kids gear though it could be if you styled it that way. And that dreaded now-defunct word that should never have existed in the first place ‘nu-rave’…shouldn’t even be associated with these garments. Rather, I see them as designers who take a blank canvas and imagine mind blowing illustrations on them to the extent that they’re so complex that they then don’t need to think about shapes, cutting and tailoring in the way that more conventional designers to. They don’t go by trends or evolution of shapes but rather their ideas can be more abstractly interpreted by their prints and drawings, hence why they don’t often come from a traditional fashion degree background. Hard to jam all that into a nice word but anyway, the fact that Annika and Karolina are friends is not a surprising one as their clothes seem to speak the same language (saying different things of course…).
This undefinable aesthetic is something that I’m always attracted to on a piece-by-piece basis, unable to dress in it head to toe for fear that I look like I’m trying too hard to be a Kokon To Zai employee. Instead, one piece snuck in like a surprise element is why I am continually on a search to sum up labels like Skyward and Kling by Kling with a suitable word… or if it’s not possible, I’ll have to be the long winded person that I usually am anyway…
Kling by Kling S/S 09