23 November 2010

A Cloak Revival?

Cloak
Spring/Summer 2005

Cloak
Autumn/Winter 2005

Cloak
Autumn/Winter 2006

WWD reports that Alexandre Plokhov, designer of the highly acclaimed, but now sadly defunct, New-York based menswear label Cloak will be launching his signature menswear line in Paris this January.  Plokhov, who won the 2005 CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Menswear and was the runner-up in the 2004 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, closed the label back in 2006 due to "partnership issues" (why hello there...Jil, Margiela, Helmut).  Cloak garments are quite remarkable in that they are still highly coveted and widely worn today, indeed from a construction viewpoint they are absolutely stunning. 

It will be interesting to see how Plokhov's vision has matured since his Cloak days, notwithstanding the fact that the new line is to be a signature label, therefore hopefully far more personal.  Although you can not really compare the two, judging from what Takahiro Miyashita, formerly of Number (N)ine, created for his own label The Soloist, Plokhov's offerings ought to be one to watch out for.  Here's to hoping for a beautiful collection!    

Click here for an interview with Alexandre Plokhov, conducted by the lovely Sonnet Stanfill of the V&A.

P.S. Apologies for falling behind with my correspondences, I will try to catch up as soon as humanly possible.

Currently playing: Blackout - Lupe Fiasco 

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9 comments:

  1. Wow, that is great news! I completely agree that Cloak designs are of the highest quality. Each and every of the posted looks, could just have easily been off a 2010 runway. I really can't wait to see what Plokhov will pull off!

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  2. There is just something slightly steam punk about a jacket or two in this collection.

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  3. I love that navy jacket!

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  4. Love the first and fourth photos.

    There's something simple and crisp to them.

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  5. LIKE !! oo how exciting for you, hope you get a lot of white snow :)

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  6. While I was never totally sold on Cloak, each season Plokhov proffered at least one item that was just perfect. Looking forward to seeing what's to come.

    I recommend you check out the doc "Seamless", too. Plokhov features in it alongside Doo Ri and other CFDA nominees.

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  7. It would be a most welcome return indeed.... I always thought Plokhov should have had more attention when Cloak was still around...

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  8. J'aime beaucoup la deuxième et la cinquième photo, c'est très élégant.

    Maurine

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