Going through the list of Paris presentations, I came across the Belgium-based brand Capara, founded in 2009 by two sisters Vera and Olivera Capara. The playful yet sophisticated take on basics instantly caught my eye. Here we showcase a selection of pieces from Capara's A/W11 collection and ask the sisters about their influences.
What was the concept for your A/W11 collection entitled President?
We worked around the idea and coherence of colour and shape. The colour blocks were inspired by German contemporary sculptor Katharina Fritsch, and the horizontal colour combinations by artist Tomory Dodge. There was also a black and white theme inspired by the 30s cinema photography. Print themes resulted from this too inspired by artist Rebecca Ward who connects space by using industrial tubes, and artist John Chamberlain's work whose beauty lies in the lightness of crashed objects. The title President is based on a song from a British band called IAMX. The striking contrast between the dark and the sensual has influenced the moving image we created for the collection which can be seen on our website.
Looking throug your work since the brand started – you like to be playful with pattern cutting, fabrics, colour and layering, based on wearable silhouettes. Is this something you are conscious of?
I think wanting to be wearable is something which comes out very natural. We love to work on things which are recognisable in a wardrobe, like a Caban jacket, trench coat, gilet...
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and raised in Germany, did that have an effect on choosing Belgium as your base?
Maybe... Choosing Belgium was very intuitive as it felt the right thing to do for being able to develop our own sensibility and having the courage to follow that dream.
Any fashion designers you have been influenced by?
I'd say Martin Margiela has been our biggest influence.
Where can we buy your A/W11 collection?
You can buy our A/W11 collection in different countries like Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. There is also an online shop called PARK in Vienna.
Any other stockists for the S/S12 collection that you just presented in Paris?
Until now we have only been presented in Europe but from that season on we will be selling as in New York and Beijing as well.
Photography: Thomas Lohr
Stylng & Interviews: Nobuko Tannawa
Art Direction: Hanna Putz
Hair: Hiroshi Matsushita using Bumble & Bumble
Make-up: Ken Nakano using M.A.C
Model: Julia Zimmer @ Storm
Styling Assistant: Aiko Koike
All clothes by Capara, boots by Repetto, blue socks by Trasparenze and brown socks by Falke @ mytights.com