For Belgian designer Jan-Jan Van Essche, Spring/Summer 2024 wears a calm flow infused with life force: it is Prāna.
About Jan-Jan Van Essche Prāna S/S24 Collection
In Hinduism, Prāna can be read as the vital force and breath. As such, Prāna Jan-Jan Van Essche is a tranquil representation of the life force and an invitation materialised in his collection for season Spring/Summer 2024. Carefully engineered garments invite a new flow, ready to align with the current and future challenges we all face collectively. Subtlety, modernity and elegance appear as a path to a new manifestation while staying true to the Jan-Jan Van Essche silhouette.
Jan-Jan Van Essche Prāna: Artisanal Detail and Sustainability
The Belgian designer opted for uplifting mid tones combined with deep blacks and a natural Indigo silk screen print developed in Kyoto. Other natural dyes such as Ume (Japanese plum), Kakishibu (persimmon fruit) and Gall nuts are used to diversify the colour palette.
In line with the designer's sustainable work, refined fabrics are sourced and skillfully developed in various regions in Japan from small artisanal weaving mills. Various structures and textures from washi (paper fibre), silks, hemp, linens and cotton are blended into a variety of cloths of extreme comfort and tactility.
A knitted series of lightweight and transparent linen/cotton tops, function as cooling under layers, while heavier jacquard sweaters isolate the body during the spring months. The PRĀNA wardrobe is an invitation to explore the luxury of the comfort of Jan-Jan Van Essche’s contemporary and breathable shapes.
Prāna: An Intimate Presentation
This year, Jan-Jan van Essche purposely decided to keep things intimate. Together with the creative artisanal platform LUCENTEMENT, Jan-Jan van Essche held a confidential cocktail, in which he brought his closest surroundings, retailers, other designers and a select amount of editors together to celebrate his S/S24 collection. Centred around the things that matter, Jan-Jan van Essche brought the attendees back to the core essence of his work as an act to stay true to his values, not follow trends and move at his own pace. Attendees could experience JJVE's latest collection in his showroom in the Marais where clothes made out of natural fibres in a range of natural dyes, were hanging on his hand-made bamboo racks while enjoying a subliminally crafted cocktail.
With his latest collection and intimate presentation, JJVE brought together a range of disciplines to celebrate craftsmanship and artisanal fashion.
Visit Jan-Jan van Essche's website and flow with PRĀNA.