For Astrid Andersen, this season is all about intuition. Going beyond the status quo of referencing the world around us and looking for inspiration, Andersen has looked within to create an honest and authentic expression of her personal vision. Rather than trying to satisfy a theme or add depth to a story, each piece is as strong alone as it is as part of the whole. Beginning with her continuing passion for fabric research and development, Andersen created a textile toolkit for living in and not living without, and raised a collection piece-by-piece, organically and emotively. This season is a demonstration in how a man can present himself attractively today.
Focus on fabric is at the heart of this collection running from quilted nylons and technical fine-gage polyamide to luxury wools and a technical take on denims. Linton Tweeds become an unexpected partner from their 100 year old UK mill pushing menswear in exciting new directions with the same commitment and sensitivity to provenance as in Andersen’s continuing work redefining the role of lace and fur in contemporary menswear. The determination to blur the lines between the conventional and the contemporary in a relevant way whilst creating comfortable, confident looks remains at the core essence of the Astrid Andersen philosophy.
Astrid Andersen continues to work with Sophie Hallette lace and this season partnered with artisan Danish carpet makers Egetæpper on a bespoke carpet for the runway. A respect for tradition and eagerness to push the boundaries within their industry is a relevant and inspirational starting point for this seasons collaboration. Andersen also continues to work with Avery Dennison in efforts to continue to push the use of branding this season creating raised reflective silicone, high definition heat transfers and leather-like embossed external embellishments.
Astrid Andersen will present the 2016 Astrid Andersen Bespoke collection during Paris Fashion Week.