The 'Fylgir' collection by Bajer Ola is the designer’s second with an Icelandic inspiration. Coming from an arts background, Ola is a graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, and started her label ‘Bola’ in 2009. Speaking about her love of the Nordic country she said: “Iceland is a place that fascinates and inspires me. I think it is very graphical and painterly place.”
Her label features both menswear and womenswear in equal strengths. Certainly her colour selection of white, beige, ecru, gold, silver, black, grey and red, captures the land of fire and ice, and conjures images of vast wastelands and endless views.
In Icelandic 'Fylgir' means inseparable, inherent, and included. This definition together with the word ‘Organic’, which in this instance Ola sees as both 'fauna or flora’, as well as ‘a strict connection with each other or something’, encapsulates the true vision of her SS15 work.
Ola’s beautiful graphic prints are layered and placed over one another utilising various techniques, such as phantom imprint, plastisol, flock and knit. Her materials – silk, chiffon, viscose, polyester and cotton mix, with metallic thread fabric – are all hand-printed by means of screen printing .
Although primarily a street wear collection, I personally see 'Fylgir' moving towards a broader spectrum. Especially with her womenswear pieces, where her trade mark simple cut with un-fussy graphics are set to score hire on wearable elegance. I for one can't wait for it to be available online.
All photographs by Beata Siewicz