RVDK Ronald van der Kemp Couture Fall 2018

You don’t need to know about Ronald van der Kemp’s stance on sustainability to enjoy his work, but it certainly gives it added relevance at a time where H&M sits on 4.3 billion dollars’ worth of unsold inventory.
The Dutch designer’s message remains the same: the only sustainable way forward is by making the most of what’s in front of you. Through this iteration of his upcycled collage of vintage fabric finds and unusual materials, Van der Kemp zeroed in on the idea of disposable clothes, opposing the paper dresses of the Sixties to the “disposable clothes on the high street”. “You can make something from leftovers, and you don’t have to know they’re leftovers,” he said, pointing out how he’d machine-washed cardboard until it became pliant enough to be cut to make a pair of achingly cool metallicized trousers.
Looking for a particular theme is moot here, as he draws together his re-purposed material in a joyous clash that imparts a perpetual of-the-moment feel. As ever, he remains undaunted at the idea of offering outré pairings, or of being handed materials other may consider sub par.
An unmistakable Eighties flair crossed with a certain Space Age modernism makes these latest designs smoulder. Van

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