After unveiling its first official collection in Florence earlier this year, Berlin-based publication and label 032c took to London to reveal its upcoming “Cosmic Workshop” collection. As well as featuring a new range of menswear pieces, the show — set in the brutalist 180 The Strand and soundtracked by Berghain resident DJ Kobosil – also saw 032c showcase its first women’s ready-to-wear collection.
Dubbed “Cosmic Workshop,” the collection channels 1990s ravewear and is inspired by Maria Koch and the 032c team’s teen years in Berlin. As well as the influence of early European club culture, the collection also featured a development of 032c’s workwear reference point, with utility and functionality being a frequent touchstone for 032c Apparel. Key pieces of the “Cosmic Workshop” collection include distressed denim, greyscale Intarsia knitwear, leather fetish-inspired accessories and double-layered parachute pants. The collection’s color palette was mostly muted with black and grey tones, which were offset by some pieces in pastel pink and tie dye.
As well as the apparel collection, “Cosmic Workshop” also saw 032c branch out in to footwear. The womenswear collection featured an equestrian-influenced Buffalo by 032c boot, while the show also unveiled a co-branded military boot designed in collaboration with adidas.
Speaking to HYPEBAE about the collection, creative director Maria Koch explained that she was “inspired by being a rave girl in the 1990s, when raves were in squats instead of corporate stadiums, and by the strange sense of both potential and isolation we experienced in our teen years as a part of that scene – and maybe as a part of any subculture. There is a lot of romanticism, of dreaming, of searching for something you desperately want but also can’t quite identify, that exists somewhere that you just know is ‘not here.’ We’re celebrating that tension and potential.” Head over to the HYPEBAE site to read the full interview with Maria Koch and take a backstage look at 032c’s first womenswear collection.
For more from 032c, take a look at its upcoming issue 35, featuring Kiko Mizuhara and Gucci Mane on its covers.