The dark ages – the medieval era. A time when the power and impact of religion had reached its peak. The faith of common people was undisputable and so was the fear of the holy. Seeking the sublime through art and theology or even through practices of magic was the sole purpose of the intelligentsia of the time. This dark era of the history of mankind is the source of inspiration of Aleksandr Manamïs for THE WAKE//MIRROR Autumn / Winter 2011/12 Collection. Black monk cowls, hoods and shoulder capes appear in front of us. Faith and sin collide in the colours and volumes of the collection. Slim monastic silhouettes confront voluminous, folding shapes. Fabrics are mostly kept to the basics, wool to be exact. Silk and cotton add to the outfits extra depth of texture. A monochromatic approach in dark shades of gray and black or greyish white form a basic and quiet colour palette, designated to manifest the exquisite volumes of the garments. Oversized and comfortable shirts and sweaters worn in overlays and draping impose the powerful figure of modern asceticism, the distinctive humbleness of a man seeking the sublime in his everyday life.