PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 November, 2008, 12:00am

Who created it? Commuun was founded by designers Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate in 2005. Hori was born in Japan but attended New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, after which he worked as an assistant stylist, buyer and designer. In 2000, he moved to the Netherlands to study at the Arnhem Academy of Arts, renowned for its eccentric approach to design. After graduating he settled down in Paris.

Furudate on the other hand attended Bunka Fashion College in Japan followed by Central Saint Martin's in London. She moved to Paris and worked with several designers including Sharon Wauchob.

Since their meeting in Paris and launching Commuun, the designers went on to win the Andam award last year. Their line is now available at fashion stops such as 10 Corso Como in Tokyo and Dover Street Market in London.

Why we love it: the duo uses traditional French pattern-cutting techniques to make simple, structured shapes. They love to experiment with natural and organic fabrics. The core idea behind their line comes from the balance of forces in nature and the tension that creates harmony.

The autumn-winter collection was inspired by 1930s portrait photographs by Polish snapper Helmar Larski. Volume and cuts are altered by tacking and draping, and fabrics include extra dry wool, cashmere and organza.

What we'd pick: the red dress with fold details (below left; HK$17,400) or the tailored short black cropped jacket (below; HK$27,300) that can double as a cape.

Where can you get it? Commuun is available exclusively at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 3388.