Severity in Technicolor

Sever sartorial formality, interrupted by flashes of colour, is the easiest way to define the apparently rigorous and traditional style of theinnovative designer Angelo Van Mol. Often, the shift from street style to luxury fashion is natural. This is the case of the young, fresh graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, designer, and winner of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Motivation Awards by Anne Chapelle and Ann Demeulemesteer.

Lately moved to the British Capital, Angelo started his career as a free-lance designer, focusing on an eponymous ready-to-wear collection that intrigued Dazed&Confused and the avant-garde shops Stijl and RA. Angelo Van Mol has a résumé full of experiences in the fashion business, that define his eclectic, vital and promising profile. He also has a confident personality that led him to choose his clothes as a daily-wear, since closer to his aesthetic idea: simple in cutting and complex in manufacturing, they combine sportswear to luxury.

Concrete and defined, the SS2012 collection is a meeting of luxurious fabrics and precious details. Embroideries and hints of colour communicate with fine finishings, mixing the classic Armani menswear and the experimental and expressive Martin Margiela clothes. The dark shades of black become intermittent with electric blue, ocher yellow, mint green and tangerine, then digress into beige,ice gray and navy blue. The jackets are deconstructed and reassembled, held at the waist by monochrome belts.

Rolled up chinos and bermudas are soft and sustained, made in spacer fabric – an improved kind of neoprene – as the simple and elegant coats with important details, that communicate the invasive safety of late ’80s. Sleeveless for summer or long sleeves for spring, they represent the core of the collection, along with the shoes – always present in the collections of Van Mol – refined classic laced moccasins, glazed sneakers or polychrome sandals. Sophisticated and unconventional, Angelo Van Mol mixes innovative fabrics to unique tailoring, enriched with jewel details and gold metal chains. It seems to take inspiration from the elegance of Cèline womanswear and turn it into chic sportswear for the modern man.

Through a careful research and a painstaking creative process, Angelo Van Mol’s collection looks sharp, rich with intense regularity but multiform with clean lines, that redefine the essence of an inspired and experimental style. Take a look to his official website, www.angelovanmol.com