Avant garde, conceptual, deconstructed goth are the terms normally used to describe this designer from the Faroe Islands . I met Barbara a couple of years back in London - where she was showing I with various designers from the islands involved in sustainability - and her work always unisex got my pulse racing! It still does !
Taking the popular urban street wear-meets-traditional tailoring approach at this year’s Copenhagen Fashion Week GONGINI presented a playful and avant-garde SS17 collection, which was beautifully representative of the label’s focus on the individual strength that comes from the freedom of self-expression.
Moving away from the over-sexualisation that can be prevalent in the fashion industry, the collection was made up of highly wearable, multifunctional garments which would allow the wearer numerous possibilities of exploration. I love a piece that can be worn in more than one way and the unexpected openings, versatile closures and zip details give the collection that feeling of freedom to express each piece as creatively and individually as you wish.
Craftsmanship is evident in the asymmetric cuts with visible stitching details, which parachute fabric,crinkled viscose,washed sheep’s leather and a cotton adds various textures to the collection.
Barabara has also just introduced a lingerie line, that consists of two types of leggings, a body, a bra and a shirt, which all come in transparent and black/grey colourways. They act as layerable styling objects, which reveal just enough skin to be suggestively sexy, and hug the bodies curves and silhouette deliciously. They will be on shown at New York, MIlan and Paris next month can't wait.