The title of the STARSICA AW 2018 Collection is “Seirēn sings for a Mad King”. Ike Seungik Lee, the designer of STARSICA, took his inspiration from learning the phenomenon of otherness. The idea of this collection is primarily derived from observing the behaviours of the unspecified masses around us. We utilize the vision of those who interpret the egos and lives of others through their own subjective perspectives. In essence, we are all the Mad King.
With this in mind, the collection constitutes a sense of dramatic construction and draws on reinterpreting Greek tragedy as a fashion monologue. The playful motifs in wings and soft fur which can be understood as symbols of Siren, the troubadour, have been reinterpreted with a modern twist and found in the prints of Ike’s own paintings and the patterns created by embroideries. These echo the essence of mythological elements such as the star, bird and semiotic signs.
Inversely, the Mad King is portrayed through the gothic arched lines in wearable suits and hard reliefs on coats. The primary colour for the Mad King is dark purple, while grey is used to describe the Mad King’s power. The coffin reinterprets the portable bags carried by the Mad King.
Finally, glen check patterns and wide sleeves create the juxtaposition of fabrics and colours to express intertextuality and cohesive characteristics of Siren and the Mad King. These pieces are highlighted with romantic silhouettes on tail edges, scribble prints and splashes of gold which reflect the sense of sadness brought about by the death of the Mad King.
There is an inherent sense of humour and futility in the collection that is the DNA of STARSICA, displaying distorted aspects of our society in conceptual symbols.
The Fashion Scout team
Viru Keskus and LUMI cosmetics for being copartners
AirBaltic for transportation
Anna Verschik and Mirjam Aasma for helping with
the making of the collection
Teet Sinisaar for the support.
SHOW PRODUCTION: Fashion Scout Events
MAKE-UP: Lan Nguyen-Grealis and team using products
HAIR: Hair created by the TONI&GUY Session Team lead
by Philipp Haug using label.m Professional Haircare Styling
Martyn Roberts, The team at Fashion Scout, Kryolan, Toni &
Guy and Rebekah Roy.