Photography: Emily Chang
For their sophomore MISBHV collection, designers Natalia Maczek and Thomas Wirski stuck with what they know best: Poland. Inspired by their country’s early ’90s cultural landscape, Maczek and Wirski delivered an ode to rave culture through the disconnected lens of a post-Iron Curtain, pre-Internet Poland. After almost five decades of total isolation, the country obsessed over everything American, but due to the lack of communication, trends never really found their place. Using crushed velvets, faux furs and plaids, the designers recreated the looks from that time, fusing suburban American hip-hop influence with club kid style, updating it for a modern audience. Joining streetwear with a post-political edge, MISBHV FW ’17 was all about rebellion, with the brand’s focus lying more in self-expression than any sort of commercial success.
“We’re about freedom, self-expression and women being very strong,” said Wirski. “We do what we like. We don’t have a specific customer in mind, and we don’t tailor what we do for a specific market — we do it for ourselves.”
Wirski and Maczek’s punk rock ethos is apparent in everything they do, from their designs to the stores in which they sell their product. But this collection, more so than their last, really represents how deeply embedded resistance remains in their brand DNA.
“These are very challenging times,” added Wirski. “We have to send political messages down the runway, and in our clothes, because it would feel very weird not to.”
View exclusive images from the MISBHV FW ’17 presentation, above.