Monday, 1 October 2012

Spijkers en Spijkers S/S 2013 collection - London Fashion Week

1920's Deco theme - the models looked amazing, loved the hair

The interview with Truss and Riet after the S/S 2013 show 

Spijkers en Spijkers

One of the high lights of last season’s London Fashion Week for me was meeting Truus and Riet the design talent behind Spijker and Spijker.  The  iconic, reclusive, and eccentric Bouvier women in the now famous and fascinating ‘Grey Gardens’ documentary influenced the A/W 2012 show collection.
Though not a new inspiration in the fashion world these Danish girls metaphorically sourced and recycled the tired retro 70’s curtains much as Eddie Bouvier had in her ramshackle mansion house in the Hamptons and ran up bold print frocks, skirts and jackets creating modern, wearable clothes, right on trend for the print explosion we have seen everywhere this season, so refreshingly stylish and different….I like to imagine that much like me the Spijkers en Spijkers twins used to experiment with the style diverse contents of their dressing up box as children where styling experiments (some good some bad ! )inspired the creation of the Kooky, clever, sexy and stylish Spijkers en Spijkers woman. Carey Mulligan comes to mind as a potential muse….. 

The Spring/Summer Spijkers en Spijkers 2013 Collection didn’t disappoint.
Called ‘La Femme Paysage’ which roughly translated means ‘the feminine landscape’
we saw a 1920s Deco silhouette with a modern contemporary twist taking inspiration from Sonia Delaunay’s colourful sketches …Geometric patterns much like a patch work quilt body mapped flatteringly forming colour blocked panels on the models as they strutted comfortably up and down the Catwalk.
This collection had something for everyone, later in contrast we saw sultry bold black lace figure hugging knee length dresses, some scattered with coloured lace patch panels tantalisingly placed on the body to see through where it mattered, very sexy and grown up….
I asked Truus about this part of the show and she said that this was her perception of sexy, something hidden and then revealed….
Tailoring is something these Dutch girls are passionate about and it showed in the flattering cut of the satin suits and jackets, reminiscent of the androgynous and sexy 1970s feminine contrast seen in the erotic work of Berlin born photographer Helmut Newton.

Spijkers en Spijkers have since the creation of the label in 2000 built an instantly recognizable and desirable style. A style that is known for its graphic detailing and outstanding use of colour. While rebelling against stereotypical ideas of femininity. Spijkers en Spijkers speak to confident, active and modern women who rewrite the rulebook on female style. Twin sisters Truus and Riet graduated from Arnhem College of Arts. After many successful seasons in London the Spijkers en Spijkers label showed in Milan but returned to London for SS 2011.

Price points start at £300 - £1500.

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Take a look at the collection below ..........

The print from my favourite dress here on the invitation to the Spijkers en Spijkers show

Copy Schelay McCarter pls credit