Jan-Jan Van Essche – Collection#12 Cycle – film directed by Ramy Moharam Fouad with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Dear Shaded Viewes,

I’ve followed the collections of Jan-Jan Van Essche for more than a decade. The collection constantly evolves yet stays the same in as far as his attention to textiles, silhouettes and regard to nature and our planet in general. It is an authentic collection that pays no mind to trends, the timeless pieces can be handed down from one generation to another and are created to do just that. Sustainable by its very nature.

This season he worked with the iconic choreographer by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui  on CYCLE his collaborative fashion film directed by Ramy Moharam Fouad .

“As we, the world and all creation are experiencing a collective transition, a new future awaits us all. Space & time become utter necessities for the acceptance of a new state of being, while our wounds slowly heal. In all humbleness, the CYCLE collection offers an alternative to help us through the now. A bright red, encouraging life force and passion for creation… an ode to love. Smoothly textured fabrics with soft caresses, sensible colors chosen to highlight the new cycle we are entering. The elements are in constant rotation.”

“As for many others, the human collective culture remains an endless inspiration for Jan-Jan Van Essche to create new wardrobe, each new design a genuine attempt to open up new perspectives and to push conflicting dialogues forward. With every series of garments, traditional patterns from different ethnocultural origins are cautiously studied and subsequently interpreted in the designer’s individual pattern language; one speaking the poetry of simplicity.”

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.