Wonder Kinder

Wonder Kinder

Kinder Aggugini's design C.V. is pretty impressive – Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, John Galliano and a hefty seven year stint at Versace – but for me his solo own label work has never properly clicked.  It could well be the case that Aggugini's ghost designing prowess at so many houses, has meant that finding his design niche with his own label has been more of a slow burner.  That could just be me though.

That said, eight or nine seasons for a designer is still a relatively short period of time and finally with this A/W 12-3, there has been some clicking action going on between my brain and Kinder Aggugini.  Alright, so I am a sucker for print but it's how he combined his cowboy motifs with A-line school uniform-type silhouettes and traditional Savile Row fabrics that really propels this collection.  On his press notes Aggugini cited "appropriation" as a theme for the collection.  To be fair, what collection ISN'T about appropriation these days?  At the very least, Aggugini is brazen about it and comes up trumps with a print motif that reminds me of blue and white porcelain, vintage 50s cowboy wallpaper and old Hermes scarves all at once. Weirdly, for a collection that's about appropriation, there's nothing here that feels tiresome or hackneyed.  Apologies if I'm late to the Aggugini game but if he's going to be creating more unexpected sartorial mixes like this cowboy winner, I promise I'll be deathly loyal.  

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Ten points for collaborating with Stephen Jones on the Stetson hats (Jones is determined to see us all obscuring our faces under big hats next season) and another ten points on creating these loafers with Dr. Martens that come with a splay of gold tassels.  

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  1. Laura Logan

    2012-03-13 at 8:22 PM

    I was at this show too, it was amazing! I loved the retro style with the hats and loafers against the hip hop and RnB playing over the top.
    My show report is here http://logansrunway.blogspot.com/

    • Kyanna

      2015-01-12 at 1:29 PM

      This aritcle went ahead and made my day.

  2. Gingerrsnap

    2012-03-13 at 9:32 PM

    Oh wow! These outfits are amazing! And incredibly interesting xx

  3. Serdane

    2012-03-13 at 10:18 PM

    I really appreciate this universe and of course the print ! The prints are just fantastic !
    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  4. Lauren@Styleseer

    2012-03-13 at 10:29 PM

    Digging the western prints. YeeHaw!
    http://styleseer.blogspot.com

  5. Dasha Gold

    2012-03-13 at 11:57 PM

    Wow, loving the prints! Beautiful blog as always
    xx
    Dasha Gold
    http://www.thetrendspotter.net

  6. Stef

    2012-03-14 at 12:19 AM

    I attended the show too and have to admit that my favourites were the dark blue & gold lace dresses, without a doubt not the most controversial thing on show but that’s what I would rescue out of a burning atelier…
    Stef
    x
    http://verystef76.blogspot.com/

  7. Deadly Bite

    2012-03-14 at 1:01 AM

    Yup. Those Dr. Martens are super cool! 😀
    Love! xx

  8. closeted dreamer

    2012-03-14 at 2:40 AM

    Wow I’m not a super print person but i really like the collection.
    http://www.closeteddreamer.com

  9. Nastya K

    2012-03-14 at 6:38 AM

    Nice prints! Thank you for photos! Have a nice day!xx

  10. Thea vintage

    2012-03-14 at 7:14 AM

    Love the prints! Nad cowboy prints manke it so fun!
    http://theas-vintage.blogspot.com/

  11. Melanie

    2012-03-14 at 8:26 AM

    I really like this collection and the cowboy hat in particular. Fun and serious. The skirts are so structured they remind me of a neoprene Mary Katrantzou piece.

  12. Olga (F & C)

    2012-03-14 at 10:02 AM

    I love the pictures and outfits. The print details you are showing are absolutely amazing!
    http://www.freddieandcinnamon.com

  13. Olga (F & C)

    2012-03-14 at 10:02 AM

    I love the pictures and outfits. The print details you are showing are absolutely amazing!
    http://www.freddieandcinnamon.com

  14. La Vie Quotidienne

    2012-03-14 at 11:01 AM

    Super Great Cowboy Print…The Cowboy come so strong =)
    You can check my GUCCI-MAJE Outfit in:
    http://laviequo.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-shadow.html
    XOXO from Munich
    La Vie Quotidienne
    http://www.laviequo.com

  15. Suzi

    2012-03-14 at 11:16 AM

    Love this! Right up my alley. At some stage Susie, I wouldn’t mind asking you some questions so I can complete a special feature of you and your AMAZING blog on my blog-For the love of Audrey.
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  16. Emma

    2012-03-14 at 1:13 PM

    I love Kinder A. I’ve sold a fair few of his early pieces in the past – when he was working just under the name Kinder – and the quality and attention to quirky detailing is just superb. LOVE those prints.
    Emma
    http://www.stylesequel.com

  17. Niki

    2012-03-14 at 3:26 PM

    Wow, thanks for introducing me to Kinder Aggugini! Beautiful prints and structure!
    Niki
    http://www.schonekleren.nl/

  18. jenny (penniless zen)

    2012-03-16 at 3:42 AM

    I really enjoy some of these, especially the second outfit… !!!! thank you for the coverage.

  19. Jane Alisa

    2012-03-16 at 9:36 AM

    What a beautiful collection, I adore the prints. xoxo
    http://www.janealisa.tumblr.com

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