Yesterday launched a feature on five designers who are creating some new and very exciting things and straying far from the pack of tradition. In addition to general information and past-season shots, the article features also some sneak peaks to the designers' upcoming spring/summer 2010 collections which will be soon shown in Paris. The article starts off with Rick Owens who has, in the past couple years, really started becoming known in the more mainstream fashion world, and is soon followed by Blackbird favourites Julius and Odyn Vovk.

Click here to go to the article's opening. Click here to go directly to the Julius slide or here for Odyn Vovk.

Below text courtesy of Matthew Schineier and, photos from the respective designers.

JULIUS -- "Japan's Tatsuro Horikawa founded Julius in 2001, after working for several years on his earlier label, Nuke. Horikawa's meticulously detailed, military-inspired pieces—most in black—are carried at some of America's most directional menswear boutiques, including New York's Atelier, San Francisco's The Archive, and Blackbird in Seattle, but that success hasn't seemed to lighten the designer's moody disposition. "I am obsessed with the image of 'black' in Japanese religion, in Zen," he writes. "It is the total color of complete and utter grief.""


ODYN VOVK -- Austin Sherbanenko founded Odyn Vovk (pronounced odin vock, Ukrainian for "one wolf") after dropping out of fashion school and setting up shop in downtown L.A. In the time it took most of his peers to graduate, Sherbanenko—who's inspired primarily by music like hardcore, punk, and Scandinavian black metal—is gaining traction with the new generation of forward-minded buyers.