Polish Sea

Here’s a little throwback to our trip to the Baltic Sea back from May… fresh, breezy air, daffodils, forest walks, crayfish for lunch, more forest walks. I really feel like I need this sort of detox again!

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Polish Jazz. MISBHV SS19

misbhvFor a moment, let’s switch from resort look-books and New York’s off-the-schedule runways to Warsaw’s socrealist icon – Palace of Culture. Few days ago, Natalia Maczek and Tomek Wirski did their spring-summer 2019 runway show for the first time in Warsaw. MISBHV stands for so many things: to some, it’s a go-to streetwear label favoured by the big names (Kylie and all). For others, it’s an internationally recognized label that sells in stores among Vetements and Raf Simons. And the other others (like my friends, for instance) know it for great hoodies with intriguing prints.

This season, however, Maczek and Wirski wanted to explore new fields and do something different than usual. Having deep interests in the Polish 50s and 60s, the designers immersed themselves in a theme that doesn’t come up to you instantly when thinking of the brand. Jazz, or rather “Polish Jazz” (as the collection’s name suggests), became the season’s key-point. Moreover, MISBHV invited Rosław Szaybo, the legendary Polish graphic designer (who did album covers for Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and, of course, the cult “Polish Jazz” series) to collaborate on the prints. Blurring the lines between womenswear and menswear, the label’s latest offering includes flowing dresses, over-sized blazers, bike shorts, PVC coats and headscarves (a beautiful nod to Slavic culture!). But there are MISBHV classics as well, like the WARSZAWA print or friendly-to-the-public t-shirts. Polish fashion keeps on evolving, slowly, but it does. And seeing brands like MISBHV having such progress, and executing their visions so well, makes me really proud.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki featuring Wojciech Plewiński’s photograph of Warsaw; Rosław Szaybo’s album covers.

SSENSE

Małgosia Bochenek

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She’s mystical, she’s nature, she’s primavera. Inspired by woman and womanhood, Małgosia Bochenek embraces those who live in harmony with the rhythm of nature and it’s cycle. Delicate fabrics, feminine frills, transparencies and flowery patterns – yes, designs for real goddesses. That’s the vision of a woman according to Małgosia, whose new, namesake label has just kicked off (specifically, on the first day of spring). And I’m more than happy to present you the campaign I’ve been working on with her and Paulina Pajka, the photographer. Hope you will enjoy those witchy, sun-drenched and Goddard-inspired collages.

See her site as well!

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Collages by Edward Kanarecki.

Natalia Siebuła

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Polish fashion used to be something of an underrated, rather oblivious niche. Today, however, we’ve got such incredible labels like Natalia Siebuła that steal the hearts of local customers. The visuals from her spring-summer 2018 look-book (by Piotr Czyż) make you drool over everything: from the pleated polka-dots skirt with pastel-pink inserts to the cotton shirts printed with Małgorzata Jagielska’s illustrations. The collection was photographed in an UFO-resembling train station in Kielce. Opened in 1984, it was seen as one of the most modern bus stations of its kind in Poland. Although today it’s no longer as appreciated as it used to be, the place works as a delightfully contrasting background for Siebuła’s feminine, yet not overly saccharine clothing.