"Somewhere between voodoo and Hindu," is how the design duo described their new collection, as tribal drums boomed over the soundtrack. Blaak have a tactile design language that enables them to utilise sensuous fabrics yet still retail a masculine aesthetic. While the title of the show may suggest a Galliano-esque theatrical narrative, the design team managed to keep their collection rooted in reality. Soft tailoring was a key theme with easy trousers and fluid jackets printed with tribal prints and motifs. Mixing of different weights of fabrics was expertly refined on a base palette of black and set against purple, navy and deep red. Devoree shirts and dinner jackets were sensitively layered with pajama like trousers for a relaxed silhouette. Leather was used as detailing - as large pockets and as construction detailing - and gave the clothes a tougher edge. Arms were sliced off biker jackets and worn over slouchy suiting. Blaak convinced they can cut it with the big brands in Paris and their quirky, crumpled but wearable approach to menswear is relevant to contemporary fashion.
"Somewhere between voodoo and Hindu," is how the design duo described their new collection.