By Marcellous L. Jones
SFW Photos by Marko Ristic, Nikola Bradonjic & Drazen Dzigic
Novi Sad, Serbia – Bata Spasojevic has made a much welcomed change in his work for Spring/Summer 2015. In essence he has renewed with the artistic direction that has truly defined his own work for more than 15 years. This is a huge amendment from six months ago.
Last season the designer’s work was criticized as being to inspired and reminiscent of that of the legendary French designer, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. That was particularly true with the printed face motifs in the colorful womenswear line. However this season, he is all about what makes him great in his own right. His new line for the ladies is all about being body-beautiful. Yes of course there are sleek trousers prints and sportswear elements like satin windbreakers. However it is his careful and selective use of black crocheted laces that bring about a sense of true honor to the female silhouette.
His men’s line is the hot ticket for Spring/Summer 2015. It’s shocking to see the amount of bold prints that he calls upon to give energy to the confident Spasojevic man. Through his vision for the season, men are wholeheartedly sex, strong and very desirable. His secret is not much of a well kept secret though. He puts widely printed shirts together with form-fitting trousers. He rolls the bottoms of the legs into cuffs, thus revealing the ankles while simultaneously creating an air of “I’m sexy no matter how I wear it. So deal with it!” One has to simply live for that affirmation.
On a more personal note, it is a well known fact that this writer is not at all a fan of prints. But Spasojevic’s styling of his collection this season may tempt me to evolve my view point regarding them. He places wildly printed shirts (i.e. florals) with striped pants, which is audacious in itself. Naturally one would think that an automatic clash would occur here. But it looks so well together as the look is pulled together at the waist with a large pirate’s belt.