Turning a film into fashion

 Type:Culture, Fashion
 Location:England, London

Norwegian designer Kristian Aadnevik is back at the London Fashion Week with his latest collection based on an Italian cult film.

With an MA from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and a tailoring background; the 27-year-old Aadnevik from Bergen, Norway, has now established his own label with yet another show for London Fashion Week. By contrasting volume and embellishment with sharp tailoring, a slim cut silhouette and refined detailing, - always using the finest materials; his collections possesses a dark edge often bordering couture. During his years at RCA, he won several awards and worked as a design assistant for Alexander McQueen. Aadnevik has been designing collections for several respected international labels and is currently the chief-designer for Charles Jourdan Paris for Japan.

In Alpha, his latest collection, Aadnevik has found inspiration in the world of Italian film maker Luchino Visconti’s 'Il Gattopardo'. This is the lament where the old nobility must give way for the threat of a marching change. The sumptuous and sophisticated is set against the revolutionary riding horsemen.  Sharply sculptured, layered and draped dresses in light chiffon, jersey, printed suede, leather and silk are contrasted against voluminous coats and feminine tailored jackets in fine tweeds, angora, cashmere, fur and leather. Pearls have been draped and integrated on to dresses, skirts and jackets. The palette is ranging from spare bleach yellow to country browns and gold – to shades of dark old turquoise, purple and dusky pink. 

Aadnevik's show will take place at the Royal Academy of Art on Wednesday 15 February.

Following his previous collections, Aadnevik has received positive feedback from the UK press:

  • “Kristian Aadnevik is being championed as the latest saviour of British fashion” - Gareth Edwards for OnIOff)
  • “One of London’s exciting new, young talents” - Colin McDowell for The Sunday Times

London Fashion Week runs from 14-19 February.

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Models showcase Aadnevik's designs at London Fashion Week in September 2005