Meet The Designer Set of 2 Vol.3:
Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer who holes up in a studio in
Milan’s Naviglio district where he quietly designs an ultra-niche, cult
label that he doesn’t always produce and only shows to the public when
he feels like it.
Carol Christian Poell, born in Linz in 1966, lives and works in Milan,
Italy. After having been trained as a men’s and a ladies’ tailor in
Vienna (Michelbeurn), he studied fashion design at the Domus Academy in
Milan where he also founded the production and distribution company
C.C.P. Srl together with his partner Sergio Simone. After having
presented his first men’s collection in 1995, he developed his ladies’
collection from classical elements of traditional menswear three years
later. The distribution network for his articles of clothing and
accessories, which are quite extravagant in terms of production
technology, includes more than 40 dealers all over the world.
Photo I: Carol Christian Poell Self-Edge “Metre” jacket
Photo II: Carol Christian Poell Object dyed, no seam drip-rubber leather sneaker
Inside Rick Owens & Michele Lamy’s Paris Home:
Photo I: Sculpture by Horst Egon Kalinowski in the meeting
Photo II: In the library, the couch, triangular stool and shelving all designed by RO
Photo III: A daybed covered in suede with a sable blanket, both by Owens, whose designs are sold through Salon 94 in New York City and Gallerie Pierre-Marie Giraud in Brussels.
Photo IV: An installation of objects on Owens’s desk includes a skull and Roc crystals.
Photo V: Owens’s minimalist shower
Photo VI: A brass-topped table by Owens
Photo VII: The Owens-designed bed is pine plywood covered in cashmere felt.
Photo VIII: Owens leans against a concrete sink in a bathroom he designed.
Photos by. François Halard
Meet The Designer Set of 2 Vol.3:
Ann Demeulemeester born December 29, 1959 in Waregem, Belgium. Initially, Demeulemeester showed no interest in fashion. She attended art school for three years, where she discovered her fascination with people and portraiture, which led her to begin thinking about clothing attire. From this, Ann went on to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp from 1978 to 1981.
In 1986, Demeulemeester, along with her fellow students from the Antwerp Royal Academy, went to London to showcase their collections. As a result of this, she is often referred to as a member of the ‘Antwerp Six’, the radical and distinctive Belgian designers of the 1980s. This group of avant-garde designers are known for their deconstructivist styles of creating untraditional clothing lines. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1981, Demeulemeester found success almost immediately. A year after her graduation, she won the Gouden Spoel, an annually awarded prize to the year’s most promising fashion designer. Ann began working as a freelance designer for a few years, and then proceeded to release her own line in 1985 with husband Patrick Robyn. Her first collection was shown in a Parisian art gallery with a makeshift runway and somber models in 1992. In 1996, she debuted her own menswear line.
In 1994, her silhouette became more elongated and streamlined. With a close attention to detail and use of cutting-edge techniques and materials, Ann Demeulemeester consistently produces pieces that are distinctive and instantly recognizable. She began by drawing influence from gothic, punk, and Japanese styles while still remaining true to her own ideas. Though Demeulemeester works with a very specific aesthetic, she continuously strives to push conventions and produce fresh looks for each season. Her pieces, which at times have been described as “funereal”, have subtle hints of emotion and emphasis on sexuality.
"I could do it the easy way, give the same pieces, but if I don’t try new things then I’m not pushing myself, and I feel bad. I feel lazy."
Despite being approached by major fashion houses (names of which she refuses to divulge), Ann Demeulemeester emphasizes both design and financial independence, and chooses to remain with her own line. She opened her own shop in Antwerp in 1999. Her collections are now sold in over 30 countries worldwide.
In November 2013, Ann Demeulemeester announced she was leaving her eponymous fashion house. The exit letter also explained that the brand will show its autumn/winter 2014 men’s and women’s collection together at February’s Paris Fashion Week.
Photo I: Ann Demeulemeester in her Antwerp Atelier Photo by Kevin Davies
Photo II: Paris Fashion Week Fall 2010 RTW Details