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THE SUPER (NATURAL) by Neil Roberts ft Designer Roman Handt for MMSCENE Mag

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Coming on our MMSCENE February 2016 pages from South Africa is an eye-catching collection by the promising fashion Designer Roman Handt whose designs were photographed on a set by Neil Roberts with styling from Gavin Mikey Collins. Posing in the pieces from designer’s Spring Summer collection is model Wesley at Fanjam Models.

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Roman whose based in Johannesburg presents a refreshing wave of creativity coming from South Africa, his designs take the street wear to an avant-garde level. Handt is unafraid to experiment with unconventional materials and unexpected form. We sit down for a talk with the designer, talking creativity, local scene and daily routines.

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When did you start thinking about designing clothes for a living?
When I started getting into music, artists that reinvented themselves always grabbed my attention. I just started high school.

Does fashion run in your family?
My family are complete individuals where creativity is an asset – looking back, we were always allowed to express ourselves and clothing was a part of that.

How would you describe your style, and do you wear your own designs?
I wear almost nothing else. I design for a person that expresses themselves through their personal look. They could be anyone.

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Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
People that get excited about a garment I have designed with them.

What is the most unconventional material you have ever used in a design, and what does an average look of yours consist of?
Textiles of all kinds excite me – there are to many to mention. I tend to place a really sculptural piece with something that is ‘free hand cut‘ – a spontaneous look.

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Do you give your collections names?
ALWAYS

What’s the worst thing about designing?
Time management.

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You are based in Johannesburg, how would you describe the local fashion scene?
Really diverse – I really enjoy the vibe of the people.

Models clad in your outfits look like Super Heroes, but are you thinking of a real life guy when you design?
When the looks are stripped down to their essential pieces, they are actually quite simplistic. I always design with a person in mind.

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Any pet fashion hates?
They are only seasonal at this point.

Are you a night owl or an early bird?
I enjoy both – designing late at night is really a luxury and fun, technical aspects get resolved faster with a clear mind.

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What’s your favourite emoji?
The one with the hand over his eyes – don’t know his name – I like using him – he is very diverse

What makes you really happy?
Music.

All clothing from ROMAN HANDT SPRING SUMMER collection – www.romanhandt.com
Photographer Neil Roberts – www.herocreative.co.za
Stylist Gavin Mikey Collins
Model Wesley at Fanjam Models

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