Agne Kuzmickaite Spring/Summer 2019
In a fascinating display of femininity and self-actualization, Lithuanian designer Agne Kuzmickaite presented her new collection, ‘Self Realization,’ at this year’s London Fashion Week. Though arguably the most popular designer in Lithuania, this was her first time presenting during London’s Fashion Week throughout her career.
Kuzmickaite is often inspired by everyday objects, that which we see so frequently we become desensitized to it, and of feminine roles within society-which potentially become these desensitized objects themselves-and integrates them artistically into each look. This technique lent itself to giving each look in the collection a distinctive edge. The symbolism of everyday objects and her signature butterfly motif shone throughout the collection, her focus on femininity and pop cultural events in an ever-changing society means that Kuzmickaite’s style and aesthetic can morph and change every season.
Kuzmickaite’s use of the butterfly motif changed in both shape and color from 2 seasons ago, where the butterflies were bright and multicolored and sometimes three-dimensional, like applique. In her new collection, however, many looks were in monochromatic white, with identical, small, simple, all-over butterfly patterning; t-shirts, skirts, knee-high boots, trenches, bucket hats, and one fabulous black dress with myriad cutouts and three-dimensional butterflies that really made it pop.
Combined with an arrangement of neon, bold letters, and strong lines against a backdrop of multiple butterflies, the designer, inspired by human self-realization contributing to personal fulfillment, had reimagined older designs from her previous collections. In an adaptation from her SS17 collection, Kuzmickaite once again showcased a floor length skirt, made up entirely of layers of mesh. The designer reimagined the piece creating a twist on her previous floor length garment, swapping out the multicolor pastel arrangement for a softer mix of pinks and peaches, adding further detail to the skirt with a cut front allowing for the wearer\'s legs to be revealed.
Aside from the many interesting and dynamic looks with the butterfly motif, Kuzmickaite also used neon yellow, pinks, and a splash of blue, giving the presentation a distinct 90’s vibe; many of the neon, thigh-high boots donned thick black lettering that read “SELF REALIZATION.” Many of the looks were polished with a simplistic, white clip belt, a style that grounded the collection, making it surprisingly wearable.
Written by Lorna Tyler
Click HERE to view the full Agne Kuzmickaite Spring/Summer 2019 collection.
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