While there is nothing quite like a man in a plain white t-shirt or a tailored navy suit, a dash of the unconventional goes a long way in a sea of neutrals. Henrik Vibskov wields abstract prints and unexpected fabrics to create menswear that makes a statement.
Born in Denmark and trained at the world-renowned Central Saint Martins, Vibskov has been bringing his playful menswear to the runway at Paris Fashion Week since 2003. Clients include the Arctic Monkeys, Sigur Rós, and Franz Ferdinand. Vibskov’s resume reads with equal character: his visual art has been exhibited around the world; he designs costumes for productions such as the Oslo Opera House’s Swan Lake; he is an affiliate professor at Design School Kolding in Denmark; and he plays the drums in a band called Mountain Yorokobu. Plus, not only has he won countless design awards, he also once took home a prize for breakdancing in an Electric Boogie Competition.
For spring/summer 2014, Vibskov focused on streamlined designs with playful patterns and unexpected fabrics. Sweatshirts and athletic shorts feature colour blocking with panels of cotton-linen-poly blend jersey. Lightweight sweaters are bold with geometric pops of colour. Button-up oxfords in sustainable Khadi cotton are updated with narrow collars and an oversized fit.
Minimalist Scandinavian design with a hint of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? This designer clearly has all the moves.
Henrik Vibskov is available in Vancouver at Neighbour.