Darren Black shoots rising star Abzal Bekov’s graduate collection

From Kazakhstan to catwalks, Abzal Bekov has taken the fashion world by storm, in our new editorial Darren Black gets to grips with the young designer's MA collection

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Abzal Issa Bekov is St Martin’s latest star. Having graduated last year, his final collection at CSM became one of the favourite graduate shows of the season. Since then his profile has only gotten bigger, going on to work as a designer at Céline and being pegged by many as a new star of the fashion world. Drawing on craftsmanship, queer cinema and the USSR, Kazakhstan-born Bekov subverts menswear staples into high-fashion pieces with such skill photographer Darren Black decided to shoot and style an editorial using just Bekov’s work.


All clothing Abzal Issa Bekov
Photography and styling: Darren Black
Hair and Makeup Niki Black using MAC Pro
Models Shaun at Milk & Alice at Wilhelmina