Risto Bimbiloski’s Fatale Attraction
Watch out. There’s a predatory theme running through Risto Bimbiloski’s Fall 2009 collection: The Paris-based designer has seized inspiration this season from all manner of preying things—working up prints based on raptors’ beady eyes, giving his fabrics the high-gloss finish of venomous insects’ shells, and cutting dresses fit for femmes fatales. “I’m not a designer who looks to a muse,” explains Bimbiloski, who day-jobs as the head knitwear designer at Louis Vuitton menswear. Last season the Macedonia native found himself with his head—almost literally—in the stars, building his collection around the idea of a hypernova and developing prints from images taken from the Hubble telescope. That cosmic collection earned him fans such as Angela Lindvall and accounts with Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony, so perhaps it’s only right that the designer is sizing up new quarry. In September, Bimbiloski will be making his runway debut with a show at New York fashion week. Like we said: Watch out.