Niki Pauls and 032c have been working together for many years. She was a fixture of the Société de 032c and a fashion contributor to the magazine 032c, she also curated the music program for the legendary 032c Bar Nights. Niki is mostly based in Berlin, when she is not styling or consulting in Paris or internationally. Niki Pauls is one of the founders of German Broken Hearts Club and French Cicciolina, two scene-defining parties in which her hosting prowess crystallized a world nexus of art-fashion-music. Niki's personal going out style – you might call it dark wave disco eclecticism – is famously on target, but even when the dance floors are closed, she knows how to put a look together. For this shoot she took the new LoveSexDreams 032c Apparel collection – a favorite quarantine – for a spin at home (paired, sometimes, with some Personal Protective Equipment).
032c LoveSexDreams collection is a reclamation of minimalism. Designers are bringing it down from the heights of modernism and spiking it, spliffing it, taking it out of class and redefining it for its natural habitat: brutal reality. Truant minimalism is not slick, scholarly, linear, or monochrome, but direct, exposed, unpredictable, unprocessed. It exists outside of narrative continuity, graphic purity, and institutional anything, and that's how we like it, because that's where potential and promise also live. Truant minimalism can get weird and abrasive, and yes, it 's probably flirting with you. If you get caught, it's better unplanned. Why drop out when you can ditch?
The 032c Apparel LoveSexDreams collection belongs to 1990s West Coast sprawl and West Berlin's Love, Sex and Dreams. It's part jock, stoner, sleaze, hacker, tech bro, country club, strip club, dog-punk; it's in a clique, it's a loner, it's psychic. Acid washes, waxed fabrics, silk-lined terry cloth, intarsia knits, embroidery, neoprene, leather, varsity letters, oversized t-shirts, heavyweight workwear blends, denim, thermal waffles, and bouclé are your daily sampling. Around truant minimalism, stuff just gets lost, discovered, and "borrowed" – messed up or exchanged in the spaces between "yours" and "mine," "out" and "in." Love, dream, but don't get attached, because nothing is a given and everything is up for grabs.
Check out Mykita collection on Cruvoir, we definitely have a range of sunglasses that go along with 032c 1990s West Coast style and West Berlin's Love, Sex and Dreams. You are invited.