The Central Saint Martin’s graduate, Kiko Kostadinov, has been on everyone’s tongue for quite some time now and the expectations for his SS18 collection were fairly high and obviously, he did not disappoint.
Kostadinov portrayed a great focus on the pattern cutting process and, more specifically, his impressive technical abilities in constructing garments which also embody a deeper message embed within each piece. By targeting physical and emotional spheres Kostadinov draws the attention to issues like integration and loneliness just as much as the changes that might occur on both inside and outside facets of one. At a first glance, the collection might even resemble a similar look to early Raf Simons’, both due to the palpably attentive tailoring and to the evidently concealed profound animus of the garments themselves. However, the dramatic thread linking all the looks, almost like a marching army, did not prevent Kostadinov to actually showcase single alluring clothes, easy to be worn as prèt-a-porter staples by regular people on the street.