Zsadar menswear SS13-14

There’s no denying that when it comes to fashion, Perth knows what’s up.

Over the past few years, it has developed and been developing into its own little western-side hub of fashion and excitement for both the local talent pool and greater Australian one, putting to the fore the likes of some great designers both contemporary and indigenous.

One of my favourites, who I’ve written about a few times is Zsadar by Shane Newton. I first discovered him at an emerging talent showcase called The Wearer’s Right. He came to Melbourne, showed me around and introduced me to his high quality fabrics, left-of-centre inspirations and generally cool men’s clothes.

This year he’s done it again, and after a successful first stint at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney last year, he’s taken his most recent collection to Paris for men’s fashion week where it was received immensely well.

Now Zsadar has developed into quite a large beast I’m amazed that Shane has time to manage in amongst his political PR desk job. How he does it, who knows; truthfully, who cares, as long as he doesn’t stop.

I had the chance to have a chance to get to know the SS13-14 collection a little better…

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Inspired by?

The inspiration behind the collection was Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I wanted to explore the idea of combining traditional notions of ‘good and evil’ and making them co-exist in one range. It’s a reflection of who we are as individuals really – we all can love and hate.

I thought the story of Jekyll and Hyde would be fitting for the idea behind creating a range based on a sophisticated man with a dark and brooding underbelly. The duality of the story makes it really interesting because it gave me the opportunity to pair a slick tailored look with a draped and relaxed silhouette.

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Prints are a big thing for SS13-14. What can we expect to see from Zsadar’s latest?

I have introduced prints in this collection which is a first for the label. It was enjoyable for me because I could draw on my graphic arts background to design the custom prints. The prints are a mixture of art styles, from abstract expressionism to the renaissance period. 

What’s your favourite thing about this collection?
It’s really hard because I obviously like everything – they’re like my babies I can’t pick a favourite. But the renaissance jacket (the digitally printed painting in silk) has a special spot as it was the first piece made and really set the tone for the rest of the pieces.
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Who is the quintessential Zsadar man?

 

It’s hard for me to answer because I don’t really think about a certain type of person when designing. I design clothes that I ultimately want to wear that I can keep for many years, and I’m just thankful that this philosophy has been embraced by others.

 

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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