Astrid Andersen / London Collections MEN AW/14
Astrid graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2010 and went on to win the Brioni Creativity and Innovation Award as well as receiving the River Island MA Student Bursary Award for the three looks she designed for the high street retailer.
Sporty streetwear, touching on hip hop culture, and the surfer/skater scene in the style of the late 80’s and early 90’s.
The collections vision and mood is inspired by the award winning film ‘Only God Forgives’ directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, focusing on the films delicate use of pace, colour and sound set against a backdrop of gratuitous brutality and violence. This time Astrid draws on the harsh contrast of brutality and softly beautiful male figures, a meeting of opposites: the strong, aggressive attitude of the models juxtaposed with a gentle femininity shown through the hair (long, stick-straight, centre-parted), luxurious fabrics (satin, brights, jacquards), and soft colours (silver, icy blue and camel).
Astrids textiles are a blend of heavy and light. Mobster mink coats with Kopenhagen fur and faux mixes, along with wadded coats and heavy jerseys are paired with fine satins and laces in jackets, pants and shirts.
Black, blue, silver, grey and camel.
Strong military boots by Nicolas Deakins and delicate chain necklaces draped over loose silhouettes.
Astrid Andersen launches her jewellery this season in a collaboration with Black Dakini.
Written by Cristina Planelles, Contributing London Fashion Editor
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