Wednesday, September 19, 2012

London Fashion Week SS13: Spijkers en Spijkers

Spijkers en Spijkers are one of those brands that have been on my radar for a while but until I saw their show at London Fashion, I never fully understood the beauty of their collections.

Based in Holland, the Spijkers en Spijkers brand consists of two twin sisters, Truus and Riet Spijkers. The twins studied fashion at The School of Arts Arnhem and graduated in 1993/94 with a BA in Fashion Design. By 2000, they were already showcasing their own collection to the international press in Paris and received unprecedented amounts of praise and success. The rest, as they say, is history.

Their SS13 collection takes on their trademark, 1920's style but focusses on Sonia Delaunay, taking her as their main focal point for the whole collection. The final result was an Art Deco-esque explosion of colour and geometric shapes that forges links with the Orphism movement of modern art, a key movement for the Delaunay's. The collision of art and fashion was brought into the present day through the use of exquisite honan silk and metallic lace detailing and of course, the marcel waves worn by the models was the ultimate contrast between new and old.

This collection was the perfect form of wearable art and despite the designs mirroring the style of Weimar Berlin, each and every one of the designs would not look out of place in the wardrobe of a 21st century woman. It was the perfect example of timeless elegance.

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