Popissue: Sex, Street & Sensibility.
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Introduction to the Popissue Fashion Label
Polish-born Bondi local, Konrad Opala, launched his cutting-edge menswear label, ‘Popissue’, with the aim of producing design-led collections. Soon after inception the label had gained a reputation for the quality of their fabrics, flattering cuts and unique prints that are a combination of hand drawn illustrations and pop art imagery.
After a few years developing the brand’s profile, Konrad added a further string to his bow that would fuse his passions for design, fashion and music. The Popissue brand began designing avant garde clothing and accessories for rock bands in what is sure to be a clever commercial step. With high-profile musicians, wearing Konrad’s designs generates massive amount of exposure for the brand – fashion on the stage is often a precursor for fashion on the street.
As of early 2012, the Popissue collections were stocked in boutiques in every major Australian city including, Brisbane’s Angus Black, Paddington’s Mayday Market, Melbourne’s Somewhere and Bondi Beach’s The Annex Concept Store. Popissue also has an impressive international profile with the brand also being stocked in some of the globe’s most prestigious boutiques including, New York’s Convent, Hong Kong’s Bauhaus, Seoul’s Shopaholic, Singapore’s Actually, Berlin’s F95, Hamburg’s Mientus, London’s Bespoke Boutique and Paris’s Bubble Wood.
Aesthetic of the Popissue Fashion Label
Each Popissue collection follows the Popissue mantra of ‘Sex, Street and Sensibility’ – the pieces are designed to make the wear feel sexy, desirable and fashionable, while being both practical and functional. Each seasonal offering brings a new look and a new mood – the only constant is the originality of the hand-drawn prints and the quality of the fabrics used.
Recent Collections of the Pop Issue Fashion Label
- Autumn/Winter 2011-12: The muse of the Popissue Winter 2011 collection, entitled ‘Forever Believer’, takes the form of Danny Zucko (John Travolta’s character in Grease) meets James Dean. Conceptual tailored pieces, with strong lines and layered textures, are teamed with the brand’s signature printed t-shirts, which feature hand spray painted slogans, such as Drive or Thrive and Life Without Rules. Stand-out pieces of the collection include a faded denim jacket with contrasting leather panels and full leather jackets with slim silhouettes.
Popissue Autumn/Winter 2011-2012
- Spring/Summer 2012: For the Summer 2012 the emphasis of the collection is black on black, which is interspersed with flashes of crisp white. The overall style of the collection is very 1950’s rebel following on from the aesthetic of the previous season. The Summer offering consists of rock and roll, yet wearable, biker vests, shorts, knits and ankle grazer trousers. Stand-out pieces of the collection include a round neck t-shirt with contrasting leather patches and back stitched seam, and a collarless slim-fit leather biker vest.
Popissue Spring/Summer 2012
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