When asked what my main principles are when reviewing collections, I have been quoted as saying “Simply put I look for AUTHENTICITY. Furthermore, there must be a sharp relationship between concept and technical abilities, one might be lost without the other. I look for those who shock people by using seemingly unpopular elements and popularize them. Offering a fresh new take on what people want to wear, thereby leaving no choice but to consume their craft”. In this mind, I can go on record by saying Ana Hernandez showed one of the most thoughtful collections for S/S 13 in Stockholm.
As you might imagine, I am not first-of-mind when it comes to reviewing utility wear but the designers’ dialog on function was intriguing. The collections nameplate is ‘Codes of Construction’ and I found her experimentation with form and texture to be humorous and completely adaptable. The rose-gold colored rings complimented the denim-wear (without denim), this then bleeding into sheer organza and then finally apron’s re-imagined into dress, naturally.
If this collection were a road map there were no wrong turns. My only qualm would be the idea that this is a study on anti-suburbia, considering these frocks could work nearly anywhere.
By Kristopher Arden-Houser
Kristopher Arden-Houser pendlar mellan Los Angeles, New York och Antwerpen och rapporterar för Vogue.it, Opening Ceremony och Diane Pernet. Han är även med i jurun för H&M Design Award. Se fler bilder från Hernández Cornet vår/sommar 2013 och läs vad Rodeos Hanna Johansson tyckte här.
_Ida Grundström Nyberg