Michal Mrzyglod 2013 Chin-Suru collectionFashion students are springing up everywhere these days. Each year, a new influx of eager learners pop-up and decide to take on society by adding their perspective to the world. Many do pursue their dream; others can be discouraged, but the key is creating something that inspires our generation to really look. Designers introduce their mark on the world by finding their true mood by reflecting a collection that not only defines them as designers, but fills a gap in what society wants. New is everything, and this is exactly what Michael Mrzyglod has done; created an original line.

Here he has introduced us to his debut collection called Chin-suru, which is a verb meaning “warming up food in a microwave” or simply “a microwave” in modern Japanese slang. He has managed to capture the ideal combination between surreal and practical, print and use of colour, and still let it breathe into a cultural influence of Japanese lifestyles. The lookbook offers us a look into his process by including the muse of the collection. Presented as a water creature, there is an animated graded hue in the Khoi fish that gives the garments its design. Implementing the cut-out couture in his jackets, there seems to be an underwater flora/fauna theme that shadows such depth and creativity within one item. The fish scales come to life in cropped wide shouldered tops, swimsuits and patches within headwear that takes advantage of something foreign to the fashion eye. The patches belong to the opportunity of meshing the cap and hooded headpiece, an idea come together by a zip. Mrzyglod has really shown us how fashion can be a developmental art platform. Here the lookbook is his performance art. These days the competition lies in who can outdo the next with what they have to offer. Mrzyglod has certainly made me a believer of the platform. The feet wear bare the talent of narrow walkers and slim fitting strolls. With great shape contours that give the shoe a classic design of statement and comfort, I love how the mini stilts (even though impractical in the real world) prop up the pieces to imply that this pair could be something you would feel like you are floating in.

The complexity of such unique pieces being paired together could maybe be interpreted as misplaced or unusual, but in this context the Aztec print, smart, casual and athletic combination is the only way it would have worked. The silhouettes and shape of each garment reminds me of the Zen one needs for fashion. Within the balance comes a new way of looking at something, and I cannot seem to stop myself from admiring the collection. With a natural intuition into the compilation, the raw elements stand still as they have found their voice.

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