THE importance of reality in our digital world currently is something we are comprehending – it just isn’t the same. So, after the initial lockdown last year, designer Cecilie Bahnsen drew a line through her calendar and decided to take a different approach to designing. Instead of starting with shape, she and her team began with fabric.
‘It became super important to me how the fabrics felt against the skin – the texture and touch’ says Bahnsen, ‘Our lives are so digital and distant in this moment, I wanted the fabrics to be a contrast.’
Inspired by the beauty of an empty city, the AW21 collection encapsulated all she had learned about fabrics but now translating this knowledge into silhouettes and detailing. Intimate in every way, quilted silks, floral fil-coupé, organza and matelassé, materials traditionally known for haute couture were used to create new shapes. Exploring more form fitting clothing, layering went from multiple pieces to one design with many elements.
The soft palette of the collection that moved from greys and blacks, through to blues and shades of yellow and orange mimicked the notion of day going into night.
Based in Copenhagen, the brand continued its collaboration with Mackintosh for their outerwear, providing their loyal Nordic customers with stylish coats that protect them from the harsh weather of the winter months.
Utilising the beauty of fabric with the dream-like, floaty silhouettes that Cecilie Bahnsen has become widely recognised for, the AW21 collection makes you look forward to taking long walks next autumn with your dress blowing in the wind.