When it comes to colour, Danish designer Jens Laugesen is known for keeping his palette uncomplicated and simple, contrasting solely black with white and that’s exactly what he did last Friday. Taking inspiration from neo-classical Danish Painter Wilhelm Hammershoj, Laugesen presented a stark collection which in his own words was for the â€œintelligent consumer. An intellectual collection it was and with the aid of weather instrumentals Laugesen built a cold and surreal atmosphere in which the models slowly stormed down the catwalk amidst heckling and catcalling from the photographers…(I dont know how they managed to stay professional!)
Clear attention to detail was visible throughout, cashmere knitwear and tops were embellished with crystal fabrics to create bib shapes. Shirts were given a Victorian twist with raw-cut frilled collars and sleeves. Dresses were accessorized with long and short leather gloves and skirts were either fitted or bell shaped both were often belted at the waist with strips of fabric. Outerwear came in the form of capes, double breasted tuxedo jackets and trench coats and applause broke out when Laugesen unveiled his masterpieces, cotton satin strapless dresses, voluminous in the front and left exposed at the back for the fitted corset to be seen.
This collection was luxurious in sentiment and is the first of a triology of collections to come from Laugesen entitled INTERIÃ˜R. Each piece was beautifully cut and appealed to my contemporary approach to fashion. Laugesen set out to give us a presentation which visually reflected his roots and he achieved that and so much more. He gave us a wearable collection which was strong in statement and versatile in sensibility.