Jan Černý’s JAN SOCIÉTÉ: A Blend of Spirituality, Materiality, and Futurism in Fashion
A Glimpse into JAN SHOW 11
The Czech designer, Jan Černý, under his brand JAN SOCIÉTÉ, has unveiled his 11th collection, JAN SHOW 11. The collection offers a unique blend of spiritual influences and material symbols, focusing on the future. This creative endeavor was brought to life in collaboration with renowned Czech designers, glassmaker Lukáš Novák and jeweler Ondřej Stára. The collection also marks the debut of JAN SOCIÉTÉ DENIM and the JAN MINI BAG.
Unearthing the Inspirations
The latest collection draws inspiration from diverse sources such as nomadic attire, Bedouin jewelry, and various distant European cultures. The items in the collection bring spirituality and consumerism into direct dialogue, creating a unique visual concept. The models, dressed in outfits from the collection, give the impression of futuristic nomads, with needs and attire adapted to the current times.
Symbolism and Material Innovation
Symbolism plays an integral role in the collection, with the appearance of the third eye symbol, the Sun motif, the snake, and the ‘Apple of Eden’, linked with the phrases “SON OF SUN” and “WHAT’S YOUR GOD’S NAME”. The collection uses innovative materials like thermoreactive nylon, which changes color when in contact with the human body, and aluminum canvas, a triple-layer material that holds the shape given to it by the human hand. It includes unusual coats made from Japanese nylon, featuring a surrealistic eye motif with buttons, and extremely lightweight overcoats that perfectly retain their shape.
JAN SOCIÉTÉ DENIM and the JAN MINI BAG
The collection debuts JAN SOCIÉTÉ DENIM, a new line soon to be available on e-shop. It consists of two types of jeans and two types of denim jackets. The denim line is inspired by workwear aesthetics and is elevated by carefully selected colors and washes. All the denim items are stitched and eco-washed in the Czech Republic. In addition, the JAN MINI BAG, a smaller, more compact, and cuter version of the JAN BAG, was introduced for the first time in the collection. These items, along with the JAN SHOPPER BAGS, will be available online.
Notable collaborators on JAN SHOW 11 include Czech jeweler Ondřej Stára, who designed a line of jewelry for the collection, and glassmaker Lukáš Novák, who created glass objects carried by models during the show. The collection also features eight new colorways of PRESTIGE x JAN shoes from suede hides, all hand-signed by Jan, making them unique artifacts for collectors.
Set Design and Show Concept
For the set design, the concept of the show was based on the ancient Japanese art of Sashiko, which believes that demons can only walk in straight lines, not curves. Therefore, the set design features a winding path for the models, symbolically protecting the guests and models from evil spirits. The entire show was complemented by rising smoke, enhancing the spiritual side of the collection and adding a touch of mystique.
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