Kiko Kostadinov and Mackintosh 0001

By Jo Phillips

Luxury British brand Mackintosh is collaborating with innovative designer Kiko Kostadinov, while simultaneously remaining loyal to its philosophy of creating sharp, defined and wearable clothing,  for their new line ‘Mackintosh 0001’. The collection will be shown during Paris fashion week this January, featuring ten ready to wear unisex looks. It is set to be a collaboration that brings Kostadinov’s now cult status into the limelight, in conjunction with Mackintosh’s unmovable reputation. Upon graduating from Central Saint Martins, his debut collection was presented at London collection Men’s, June 2016. Kostadinov then went onto receive backing from NewGen Men’s British Fashion council, making his rise to success a rapid one.

And for good reason, his designs take influence from utilitarian styles and feature re-constituted work wear, making the pieces practical yet undeniably elegant. Kostadinov’s vision, very often combines street wear (having collaborated with Stussy) with highly defined silhouettes. The cut and feel of fabric is a priority for Kostadinov. His aesthetic steers away from conceptual fashion, to focus instead on minimalist structures and detailed garment constructions. This is what Kostadinov is becoming recognized for, making him a fitting creative director for ‘Mackintosh 0001’. For those that appreciate excellent design for designs sake, this collection should be one to watch. Mackintosh as an outerwear brand has been creating truly timeless pieces since 1823 and Kostadinov’s innovative and meticulous approach to menswear makes this an exciting duo. Mackintosh’s recent androgynous women’s wear collections, such as their collaboration with ‘Hyke’ beginning in 2014 (a designer originally based in Japan) is an example of Mackintosh’s focus on impeccable tailoring yet contemporary vision. Kiko Kostadinov’s design focus and minimalist aesthetic, continues this vision. To check out Kiko Kostadinov’s regular updates and inspiration, go to his lovely Instagram here.


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