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Jan Cerny shows surprising and rugged men’s collection filled with cult pieces

A collection inspired by the TV-series Wasteland, local car races and disco

Czech designer Jan Cerny is a fashion student at the Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín. As part of an exchange program with Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Prague, Cerny showed his latest collection at the Amsterdam FashionWeek on Sunday.

Cernys vision is very simple: he does not just design garment. He designs all out experiences. This became clear during his show at the Gashouder in Amsterdam. The first male models walked the runway with a fluorescent green decor in the background and were supported by enigmatic and experimental beats by American DJ Yves Tumor. If you would not know better, you would think you were present at a Berlin underground rave-party.

Original pieces of iconic men’s clothing

A long black-green trenchcoat was interchanged with a pink-yellow tie dye-sweater. Cerny worked with interesting details, including the press studs he placed on the backside of the hoodies. But also the way he uses sweater-pockets like individual accessories. Cut shorts, a jacked made of different elements, items that were obviously incomplete and a denim suit that was completely torn apart. Cerny presented original pieces of iconic men’s clothing. A edgy collection in hard colours like poppy red, crystal blue, pink, black, orange and bright green.

Playing with contrast

The surprising combinations such as rigid denim with silver metallic fabrics, plastic or psychedelic prints are typical examples of Cernys work. He loves to play with differences between uniformity and diversity and masculinity and femininity. For this collection he was inspired by the boys playing in the Czech tv-series Pustina, better known in the Netherlands as Wasteland, local car races and disco. If he were to describe his show in one sentence, it would be: “We must be braver than before.” His rugged, complex and surprising designs full of contrasting materials make Cerny a designer to keep a close eye on.

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