While the fashion world gads about the globe in its biannual parade of pomp and peacocking, InAisce is quietly blowing minds with its latest collection, "Seeking Aether." It seems to be the way designer Jona prefers to operate. This season he continues to display his talent for bold silhouettes and rich textures, which are tailored brilliantly from diverse materials. For example, luxurious silks, wools, and cupros are juxtaposed with large felted wraps. And, as always, the collection is not without artistic vision. From InAisce:
"The Fall/Winter 2013-4 Collection, Seeking Aether, explores the sense of exile felt by the human heart. It is a study of the quest for belonging and purpose despite the fog of mystery shrouding over our origins, and an expression of hope for eventual homecoming...The collection is represented in the lookbook by Ger Duany, a South Sudanese refugee whose own journey of exile from--and return to--his homeland is a tangible illustration of the larger theme."
It's also worth mentioning that Jona embarked on InAisce's first ever collaborations, resulting in the following three projects:
INAISCE + CLAUDY JONGSTRA: Renowned Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra has felted enormous wool+silk wearable art pelts for the collection. Jongstra’s sustainable farm in Holland provides the “studio” for every step of the creative process, including raising the sheep for the wool and growing the plants for the dyes.
INAISCE + LAYER-0: Italian shoe artisan Alessio Zero has applied traditional Italian craftsmanship to the InAisce FW 13/14 boots and shoes. With the form based on a turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest logging boot, old-world Italian and American aesthetics merge in the fast-forward context of the collection
INAISCE + ARTEMAS QUIBBLE: Fellow New Yorker and leather artisan A. Jason Ross has collaborated with Jona to innovate several belts for the collection, utilizing hardware based on antique furrier’s tools. Despite their primitive provenance, their geometry and functionality belong in a world yet to come.