While having a delicious cheese platter at the amazing Usyraku Bistrot in Prague 6, a number of the popular hot spot’s hip regulars told me that I simply couldn't miss the Jakub Polanka show at MBPFW. And if the Prague fashionistas in-the-know where talking about it, I was eager to see the reality.
Polanka certainly has the right credentials. A graduate of the Paris Institut Français de la Mode, the well-known Czech designer has worked as part of the Philippe Stark design team and won various respected prizes such as the Hubert Givenchy prize laureate. As if that wasn’t impressive enoughVogue Italia named him one of the rising young stars of the fashion scene.
My excitement began when I saw all the Yves Klein blue which Polanka uses throughout the collection from full shirts, to splashes on material. Not only did the hue contrast beautifully with the other colours, but it enriched the collection primarily by its spiritual dimension. Even the graphic printed scarf was deliberately branded with Jakub Polanka "reverted " - just like the world of today. This blue is typical of Polanka 's work and is regarded as a Polankian fetish.
Then of course there was the rich variety of materials used in the collection, from the recycled leathers, to the aged wool, the cotton and the plastics. I especially liked the re-applied varnish coats and spangled vintage material adorning the pants – very disco! The men's blue coat very nearly blew out my vision in its intensity!
Polanka’s FW16 collection is inspired by professional adventurers such as Amelia Earhart or Ellen Ripley. And indeed the show most definitely was a fantastic journey of discovery, which I hope will continue sometime soon with a journey to his studio!