Sunday, September 18, 2011
Upon arrival at Il Bottaccio for my first show of the day, I knew I was in for a treat. A beautiful building provided a lovely setting for the showing of Spijkers en Spijkers spring collection. The design team consists of Dutch twin sisters Truus and Riet Spijkers, graduates of Arnhem College of Arts. They rebel against what normally constitutes femininity, challenging society's and fashion's expectations.
Luckily, I was seated in an ideal spot to capture photos. I suppose this makes it one of the only shows where it was possible for me to do so!
Inspired by the tale of Scheherazade - One Thousand and One Nights - and the 1920's (as illustrated through silhouettes and subtly fringed elements), the collection shows an interesting take on geometry. Instead of featuring solely prints, the geometric shapes are based in the construction itself. Colored rhombus panels form a structure. Blacks are accompanied by neon shades, tweed jackets and pants make an appearance, a node to the inspiration source. Though we can see fairytale influences, it isn't typically whimsical or flouncy. Conversely, it's actually rather edgy.
Fashion inspired by a fairytale could easily veer into the damsel-in-distress territory, which is the opposite of what the Spijkers' did. The influence of Scheherazade herself is evident, as the designers cater towards the smart, independent, witty, yet stylish female.
What do you think of the collection? Any favorite pieces?
All photos taken by Catherine Everett (Silhouette Girl)