Kristian Aadnevik is one of fashion’s best-kept secrets. After graduating from Bergen Yrkessole, the Norwegian designer moved to London to pursue an MA at the Royal Collage of Art, where he received numerous awards and was quickly spotted by the best names in the industry. A stint as a design assistant at Alexander McQueen was followed by a senior design position at Roberto Cavalli and the patronage of Italian fashion icon Donatella Versace.
In 2004, Aadnevik established his own brand, which offers both a ready-to-wear collection and a haute-couture, made-to-measure services for his illustrious clientele, including the likes of Beyonce, Cheryl Cole and Dita Von Teese, who flock to his studio from all over the world. The secret to his success is his feminine, rock and roll aesthetic and his clever use of luxury materials and embellishments to conjure diverse and striking cultures.
His latest AW17 collection, which he recently presented at London Fashion Week, was inspired by the Vikings and the cold, immaculate Northern Winter. The theme of the collection shows through the colour palette, which is dominated by dark black hues inspired by the stormy skies, pristine white shades that cover the body like a mantle of snow and metallic silver materials reminiscent of the sun’s play of light in the snow. The neutral palette is enlivened by vibrant pops of colours such as blood reds, deep blues and shimmering golds.
Sheer lace that simultaneously covers and reveals the female form and thick, luxe velvet were the predominant fabrics used for the pieces, which were further embellished with leather and fur accents for a true Viking vibe. When they weren’t already daringly short, skirts were slashed to uncover the legs, adding a feminine and sensual touch that provides an interesting juxtaposition to the edginess of the collection, while the flowing movements they create truly bring the pieces to life. A Northern Winter has never been this chic.
Photo credits: http://www.kristianaadnevik.com