If fashion is a form of dialogue, then the newest Chopova Lowena collection is a fusion between Slavic folk tales, 1970s punk rock lyrics and contemporary slam poetry. The London-label has gained notoriety for it’s instantly-recognisable carabiner skirts, inspired by the Bulgarian traditional dress and modern athleisure.
For AW22, designer Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena-Irons present a vibrant, kaleidoscopic collection, which pushes their exuberant design vocabulary further afield. Ever wanted to channel an ancient Slavic deity that got lost in Camden Town and donned anarchic tartans à la Westwood? This is your chance. The abundance of historical references – the chains, both as ornaments and prints, were inspired by the medieval garments – goes in hand with leggings or sneakers made out of net.
This offering proves that for Chopova Lowena, there are no restrictions. Standouts include the brand’s cult pleated skirts, but also embossed puffer jackets and wacky leggings in clashing patterns and hues. The pair’s playful, witty design sensibilities is what makes Chopova Lowena one of London’s most exciting young labels. Throughout, fleeces meet airbrushed shirts, and spade-shaped cutouts fuse with double-breasted coats. Who else could successfully combine polka dots, pleats, and plaids into a look that works? Cool kids don’t favour minimalism anymore – the crazier, the better.
Photography courtesy of Chopova Lowena.