Sunday, 22 February 2009

Catwalk review: Louise Amstrup

Currently reeling from opening Copenhagen Fashion Week this season, Danish born Louise Amstrup was nothing if not enthusiastic backstage, exclaiming "it's mad but I'm so excited!" The inspiration for her AW09 collection was suitably Tina Turner in Mad Max 3, "the idea of a strong woman in a post apocalyptic world." Naturally the focus was on shoulders and hips, and was anything but mad.

Amstrup defined her femme warrior vision this evening with strict leather sleeves jutting out from chiffon tops and geometric panelling adding a stern silhouette to leggings and jackets. Severe pleat details were contrasted with draped chiffon ruffles in a colour palette of mainly grey, black and taupe - with the occasional burst of acid yellow and orange. Further contrast came in the way of the printed panels inserted into dresses and skirts. The prints, created by layering plastic bags over a scanner, were inspired by the photorealist paintings of Gerhard Richter. Plastic bags never looks so luxe. Dal Chodha

Images: Eddie Blagbrough
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