A new conception of luxury emerges in the alternate universe of Dejan Despotovic, who founded BLACK’D back in 2013. The Serbian-born, New York-based designer’s hard-edged fashion range recalls 90s New Wave and post-punk modes (think Urbana Gerila, Урбана Герила, The Cure, Depeche Mode, etc.) combined with Yugo street style while pushing its own powerfully modernist ideal. Over the years, Dejan has refined his signature silhouette of long, sweeping skirts, expertly draped dresses and tops, and asymmetrical tailoring (usually in an all-black palette) to achieve a quasi-gothic, romantic, and unorthodox elegance. His voluminous shapes and smart textiles simultaneously conceal and reveal, infusing artistic cuts with an intellectual and poetic air. Integral to Dejan’s work is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, fluidity and intensity. He cut his teeth back in the day working at Gareth Pugh and Biba and now runs BLACK’D out of his NYC atelier. We’re impressed! Check out some of Dejan’s designs below.