Fashion is never fixed. It’s all about that bend and snap, that flow and fold, that dance of the petits cygnes coyly tip-toeing their way through a new landscape of non-conformity. Multi-faceted at its very core, FFIXXED Studios is ever fluid.
One brand that draws on natural fibers to make their clothes is collaborative brand FFIXXED Studios — founded in 2010 by Australian creative directors Fiona Lau and Kain Picken and currently based between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The FFIXXED aesthetic is not only one of sustainable simplicity but plaits and pleats in multiple ways. A mighty Miyake interruption of the eclectic, one might say.
A dress can be doubled into a skirt by folding it down, its straps worn across the body or lying flat on the sides. The choice is yours. The label describes itself as “ready to wear,” with the designs oozing laid back, casual and simple vibes, perfect for an everyday look.
Time to Take a snapshot Temper Five with Fiona Lau, one half of the FFIXXED founding duo.
Take One! The Original Fabric
Lau: FFIXXED studios started out as a creative collaboration between Kain Picken and Fiona Lau. We still work collaboratively, but now with the support of a small team. We work from the notion of Enhanced Everyday Essentials, so we look at what’s around us as a starting point — ergo the definite Asian influence from that perspective. We’re interested in reduction and simplicity, but also time and again choose to interrupt those ideas with something more eclectic.
Take Two! The Duality In Approach
Lau: Designing can either be a really simple A to B process or it can be something more expansive and ongoing. For us, both ways of working are equally valid. The interesting thing for us is the space surrounding us, the quiet and often the tension between these different approaches.
Take Three! The Artisanal vs Digital Debate
Lau: We’ve always been very hands-on. Exploring a more D.I.Y. approach is a really important part of our brand. Digital or analog, we’re not interested in nostalgia or hierarchies, we love to play with different ways of communicating.
Take Four! The New Eco ID
Lau: Obviously, we are gaining more perspectives that speak about the world, and China, from a contemporary Chinese perspective. It’s not just about fashion, it’s about a new Chinese identity, and that’s amazingly cool. I think the industry is maturing and a more developed ecosystem slowly emerges. So the newer generation of young designers will have a more defined starting point in a way, which in turn will probably lead to more innovation and reinterpretation.
Take Five! The New I’s To Dot?
Lau: New season. New studio. New decade. New goals.
Designing is all about disrupting the rules.