Unveiling the novel dimension of an invigorating wardrobe, Jan-Jan Van Essche has once again reaffirmed his eminent creative credentials with his Spring/Summer 2024 collection, “Prāna.” Chiseling a fresh paradigm for the fashion-forward intellects, the collection whispers a narrative of advanced shapes and ensembles, poetically harmonizing with the surging wave of contemporary challenges.
This new collection marks a potent manifestation of Van Essche’s signature silhouette – an artful blend of subtlety, modernity, and elegance. Each piece is like a note in a symphony, playing its part in the melodious progression towards a unique expression of style. And, as if answering a call to resonate with the times, the collection finds an intimate affinity with the concept of Prāna – the breath, the vital life force.
The color palette is an intimate dance between uplifting mid tones, deep blacks, and a unique indigo silk screen print, developed in the heart of Kyoto. Van Essche’s choice of hues extends beyond mere aesthetics. He has incorporated natural dyes such as Ume (Japanese plum), Kakishibu (persimmon fruit), and Gall nuts, echoing a profound respect for the environment and heritage.
Distinctly Japanese in its essence, this collection sources from a myriad of skilled regional weavers, turning locally-sourced fabrics like washi, silks, hemps, linens, and cottons into exquisitely tactile garments. The weave of these carefully selected fibers reflects Van Essche’s commitment to extreme comfort and tactility, a trait that his collections have always been recognized for.
Not to be overlooked is the array of lightweight, transparent linen/cotton tops that embody the essence of summer. These pieces coalesce with heavier jacquard sweaters, ensuring the body’s isolation during spring, demonstrating the practical yet sophisticated thought process behind the designs. Undeniably, the Prāna wardrobe is an invitation to luxuriate in the contemporary, breathable silhouettes that Jan-Jan Van Essche is known for.
© Photos: Jan-Jan Van Essche
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