Identity, philosophy, footwear: Ana Locking

For spring Ana Locking took the human body and turned it inside out, a theme with a certain grotesqueness though full of abstract beauty when applied to prints on shoes and dresses. Next up, however, Locking turns to something much less… physical. She turns to the notion of identity.

Titled ‘STANCE’, her fall 2011 collection is about taking a standpoint, “the correct one for yourself, within the countless voices, lives and circumstances that make up each of us.”

The philosophy of what it means to have an ‘identity’ is not something you can’t readily showcase in, or even draw from, a collection of clothes or shoes. Identity is conceptual; by definition it means different things to different people. The notion of identity can’t be drawn or manufactured into a print. So what does it have to do with the colourful shoes you see before you?

ana locking heels fall 2011 2012

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Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12
Ana Locking shoes F/W '11 / '12

Ana Locking believes that each of us is filled with different identities. Broadly speaking it’s a sentiment we share, being of the belief that fashion plays a strong role in creating, and in projecting, those identities. In this case the blocks of colours, the strong contrasts, the geometric shapes all represent, to Locking, the contrasts and conflicts in each of us. The fact that no-one has just a single identity.

And even if we identify with a particular look on the outside consistently, those contrasts and conflicts still exist. As Locking herself says, “visual identity is nothing without the support of feeling and thought.”

On a more superficial note, Ana Locking‘s fall 2011 / 2012 shoe collection is edgy and bold yet brightly optimistic in it’s colour palette – with the architectural nail-like heel carried over from last season. You can view all of the collection at the accompanying gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.