Niels Peeraer SS15 is a collection of perfect contrast. The Paris-based accessories label revels in all things oxymoron; bondage-style details such as brass buckles, leather straps and cuffs are effortlessly combined with abundant cutesy bows and soft feminine styling. References to gender ambiguity and Japanese kawaii culture- conceptual elements that transcend Niels Peeraer’s work- are as distinct as ever, as is the ingenious reworking of classic accessory styles, for example the ‘belt bag’ and ‘necklace bag’. Rather than existing as mere appendages to the main fashion spectacle, these are stand-alone pieces that challenge the banality of the typical accessory.
It is this idiosyncrasy of design, together with a great level of craftsmanship that has won the label such high critical acclaim since its launch in 2011. One of Walter Van Beirendonck’s five emerging designers to watch, there is seemingly no end to Niels Peeraer’s originality in his continual endeavour to break down boundaries with his work.