BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  Models walk the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Julian Zigerli)

Inspired by a recent trip to Japan, Julian Zigerli‘s spring-summer 2016 collection “White Rabbit” plays with the strong contrasts that can be found in the Japanese culture, naturally flirting with the cute and lovely as much as with the dark and twisted.

For this collection, the prints are the result of an encounter made in Tokyo with Seitaro Ito, the illustrator behind ‘Foxy Illustrations’ – famous for his hand drawn vintage looking characters, including some cheeky and rather sarcastic bunnies, teddy bears and pin-ups.

Julian Zigerli has built upon these cute drawings to develop an aesthetic focused on the handmade feel of illustration, playing with the proportions of the cartoon characters, fake shadow effects, ink stains and wooden finishing. A visual language applied on shades of light blues, greys and darker tones to bring a slightly dramatic dimension to the collection – setting the scenery in one of those haunted Japanese forests, whilst chasing this kawaii white rabbit!

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Julian Zigerli)

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Julian Zigerli)

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Julian Zigerli)

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

A model walks the runway at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08:  Designer Julian Zigerli (C) is seen at the Julian Zigerli show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at  on July 8, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Julian Zigerli) *** Local Caption *** Julian Zigerli

About The Designer:
Born and raised in Switzerland, Julian Zigerli attended the Berlin University of the Arts. After graduating in 2010, he returned to his roots in Zurich to launch his eponymous label. Celebrated within the world of design since his debuts, Julian Zigerli has presented his collections around the globe, in cities such as Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Seoul and Milan – where he has officially shown for several seasons at Milan Men’s on invitation by Giorgio Armani. Ever since, he has been enjoying success both locally and internationally as well as being granted with multiple fashion awards.