Konrad Parol (Warsaw, Poland)

Dazed Digital meets the talented Polish designer in Warsaw to talk about his post-apocalyptic vision of the world and to shoot his AW '10 collection

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Womenswear was the first stop for Polish designer Konrad Parol. However, after a few successful seasons, the Warsaw native found his true calling in menswear. Cleverly deconstructed jerseys and utilitarian elements are a few trademarks of his aesthetic, and his recent collection, RE-BELS by Konrad Parol, follows a similar path with panelled leggings teamed with over sized parkas, and human hair wreaking havoc on the designer’s sweatshirts and jackets. Dazed sat him down for a chat...

Where are you from?
Warsaw, Poland. But it’s just a waiting room, a temporary place to stay. I’m looking forward to a journey that starts soon.

How old are you?
Forever and ever 25…

Why menswear?
After a rather unfortunate incident when two of my collections got stolen by a so-called agent in London, I decided to face my biggest desire and start designing menswear. It all started by coincidence, I took part in a fashion contest. After a while, I realized I loved it so much that I couldn’t really stop it! So I’ve been designing menswear collections for almost a year and a half and it gives me much more satisfaction than womenswear. I guess I’m also the first loyal customer of my own brand. Not having to worry about what you’re going to wear is pretty fantastic I have to say…

When did you first get interested in fashion?
I’ve always been very creative, but I guess my fascination with fashion began in high school. I decided I wanted to create something that combined fine art and everyday art – something for real people. In addition to that, my grandmother was a seamstress in post-war Poland, so a lot of inspiration came from her too.

Tell us about your AW '10 collection.
The inspiration came from the inside. I always start designing by listening to my own needs. Hence, I want to make clothes that grab attention and that can positively influence those around me. Whilst working on the collection, I wanted to create something very masculine and strong. The clothes reflect the post-apocalyptic vision of the world. It’s a story about the last tribe on earth that needs to survive and restore civilisation.

I used a lot of knitwear and all types of jersey. For some reason, I’m mesmerised by jersey. It’s so fluid and easy to drape. Its big plus is also the fact that it’s natural, bio-degradable and environmentally-friendly, which is very important right now.

What are your current obsessions?
I’m completely addicted to hoods. Sweatshirts, coats and t-shirts. Anything that comes with a hood.

What music do you listen to in your studio?
My recent favourite is the latest album of Caribou. It’s absolutely amazing and its funky, psychedelic, dream pop vibe is definitely something that influenced my collection.

Who are your favourite designers and why?
It’s very hard for me to pick one. There are so many fantastic designers I admire. If I had to pick, it would be Damir Doma, Gareth Pugh, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Raf Simons, Rick Owens and a few others. I respect all designers who dare to be independent and never take shortcuts in their work.

What are your plans for the future?
Right now, I want to focus so that I get to the stage when I’m working solely on my brand and don’t have to rely on someone else. Constant growth and global expansion are my biggest goals. So I keep watching the progress and keep my fingers crossed for all those dreams to come true.

Konrad Parol’s REBELS collection can now be viewed at WEDDING DRESS Trade Show, Brunnenstrasse 65, Berlin.

Photographer: Kasia Bobula
Stylist: Konrad Parol
Model: Mateusz Farenholc

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