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Aminaka Wilmont's sculptural leather jackets and 2007 Fashion Fringe Award are what put the brand on the map, and now they're full steam ahead. This Fall 2009 Maki Aminaka Lofvander and Marcus Wilmont worked with "the perception of time" as inspiration, leading them to use colorful graphic prints, transparent fabrics and extra-long beaded accessories. Of course their signature leather pieces were also present and came in the form of strong-shouldered jackets, vests and thigh-high leggings. Check out images from the collection in the gallery below.
Designer Raquel Allegra, whose torn t-shirts sent DIY waves through the blogosphere, was right on trend this Fall 2009--and it wasn't just because of those cobwebbed cottons. The designer also showed wide brimmed hats on the catwalk, which brought up visions of Acne Spring 2009, and leather knee-skimming trousers which were reminiscent of Aminaka Wilmont's Spring offering. There's nothing wrong with being a brand that's all about style, especially when it puts you in a group with these two popular names.
It's almost time to stop editorializing fall which we can hardly believe because it feels like the season has just begun--before it creeps up on us we must give a nod to Aminaka Wilmont. We met the designers last week at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom and got to gush over their Spring offerings. That said, the experience would never have been so great had we not first learned about the brand through their Fall 08. Aminaka Wilmont, at first glance, looks like the kind of apocalyptic or gothic clothing that should be grouped with brands like Rick Owens and Rad Hourani--upon further inspection, though, you'll see a more glamorous and classic tone of voice and it is this combination that makes us really appreciate their aesthetic. To see the Fall 2008 Aminaka Wilmont collection, click here.
When a small up-a-coming brand starts selling out on Net-a-Porter before their clothing actually makes it on the site, you know they're someone to pay attention to. Which garment, in particular, had everyone placing pre-orders? Aminaka Wilmont's amazingly tailored leather jackets. This Spring 09 only encourages us to think that the brand is only going up from here. Marcus Wilmont and Maki Aminaka Lofvander are the design duo behind this brand and, for Spring, they sent their signature leather pieces down the runway in addition to architecture inspired prints and soft basics. To see our video of the Spring 09 collection, click here. To see a runway gallery of the Spring 09 collection, click here. To see the collection in the showroom, click here. To buy Aminaka Wilmont on Net-a-Porter, click here.
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