New York Fashion Week Spring ’13: Ostwald Helgason’s Retro Colorblocking

September 11, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason brought their London-based perspective to New York Fashion Week with a collection of sixties-inspired looks conjuring the spirit of Frances Brody, an American arts advocate and philanthropist who famously commissioned Matisse to make a mural for her mansion’s courtyard. High-end fabrics received a modern twist in a quirky, color-blocked collection featuring gorgeous, abstract prints that exuded an innate artistic sensibility. The irreverent movement of colors and patterns was pleasantly juxtaposed against the clothing’s simple, yet strong, shapes. Not without its own whimsicality, dynamic prints of an alligator, cheetah and even a series of leaves provided a sense of tongue-in-cheek humor, making it evident that this collection is about having fun with clothing and patterns while making a unique style statement. Consider the statement made. Ostawald and Helgason have definitely put themselves on the map.

Colors: Beige, black, tan, maroon, red, orange, pale pink, nude, magenta, fuchsia, baby blue, sky blue, blue grey, dove grey, pale yellow, seafoam green, brown, burnt orange,

Fabrics and Textures: Cotton, knit, ruffled, patchwork, graphic prints, stripes, sheer

Key Looks: Seafoam green patterned skirt with a white alligator tee and graphic black and white mandarin collar; Red and beige color-blocked sweater, paired with a red and maroon color-blocked A-line skirt; Elbow-length blue, grey, white and black tee with mixed patterns paired with a matching skirt with external pockets.

– Amanda Aldinger


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