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Rael Stone (Addlestone, UK)

The young designer is in his final year at Kingston University but already has his fashion eyes set on conquering London....and the world!

Streetwear, youth culture and countryside footpath murders are just a few inspirations behind the designs of Rael Stone. The Kingston University final year student has just presented his first unisex collection, resulting in an eclectic mix of metal headpieces, distressed jerseys and printed knits fit for an urban samurai. Dazed Digital sat him down for a chat...

Where are you from?
Addlestone – Surrey’s answer to Baltimore. There are some very strange things going on there.

How old are you?
Sweet seventeen.

Why womenswear and menswear?
Because then the options are limitless. I design for a character and mostly cut unisex patterns - unless it’s a specific dress or busty top. That way my garments are accessible to everyone.

When did you first get interested in fashion?
I’ve always been creative and interested in art. But I suppose it was only in secondary school that I realized the importance and impact a designer can have. I think it’s a great medium to present work in. Why be just an artist when you can see your artwork on the catwalk or on the streets?

Tell us about your AW10 collection!
This collection came from countryside footpath murders, estate rape, bored unoccupied teenagers, and isolation in overgrown wisteria-ridden cottages. I love old English crafts, so I decided to use printed knits, cottons and jerseys. The jersey gives it a streetwear element; I love that juxtaposition alongside satins and high-gloss beading. The headpieces in this collection were completely accidental. I love working with metal. It’s difficult and earthy at the same time. This resulted in the objects that look like they might have just been found lurking in brambles rather then laser cut and crafted.

Where do you find inspiration?
I like to daydream; I’m fascinated with human nature and the brain. Everything I design has a twisted concept driving it, but with humorous intentions. I like clothes that look beautiful and odd. But if you look a little closer, there’s something not quite right, something a bit darker and bit disturbing…

What are your current obsessions?
To name a few: illusion, Méliès’s illustrations, 90’s sci-fi, Call of Duty, gypsy bare knuckle fighting, The Residents, Dennis Nilsen, Charles Bronson, Alistair Crowley, Harmony Korine films, Yo! Sushi binges, argos jewelry and paganism.

And your favourite movie?
Right now it’s Dark City and of all time – definitely Eraserhead.

What music do you listen to in your studio?
It’s pretty eclectic, from Movado to limp wrist, ceremony, the mongoloids, Rihanna, throbbing gristle... If I cant be bothered to trawl through spotify then it’s usually kiss fm!

Who are your favourite designers and why?
I don’t really have a favourite as such. Artists inspire me much more. Still, there are some designers that I really admire including 80s Moschino, Comme des Garcons and Issey Miyake. When it comes to London, I like to keep up with Cassette Playa, Katie Eary, Nasir Mazhar, Jaiden RVA James, and (NY’S) Hood by air.

What are your plans for the future?
I’ve got a home studio at the moment, but now I need more space so I’m hunting for a new bigger studio. I’m also working on the S/S 11 collection, which I’m very excited about. I love collaborating, I’ve definitely got a list of people I would be honoured to collaborate with, so I guess I’ll just keep doing what I love and working away. This is an exciting time for me as I’m just about to finish my ND; the possibilities are endless, especially being in London now.

Photography: Patrick Lindblom
Styling: Justine Josephs
Hair: Akio Nishiyama
Make-up: Sofia Bermudez
Photo assistant: Daniel Simm
Models: Johan O @ Premier and Kristine Drinke @ ELITE London