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March 2, 2017

By Amra Zvizdić 

Photo by Alexander Kozhin

Paris, France – Ready-to-wear was never this painterly. This brings us to the Fall Winter 2017/18 collection  by the Liselore Frowijn. Known as the most artsy of Dutch designers, it is no wonder she has decided to stick with the well-known signature of using fabrics as canvas for her unique silhouettes and cuts. Her crafty, bohemian sensibility was strongly felt during the in Paris, in which she presents a perfect mix of sportswear and luxury. Wearable art, if you prefer.

Frowijn’s main ready-to-wear Fall Winter 2017/18 collection takes on a trip through utopian cities, manifesting ideal hypothetical landscapes through the lens of Dutch artist Alfred Eikelenboom. A mix of bold colours and shapes were used to develop forceful cityscapes. Inspired by Nigerian sunrise, Frowijn wanted to speak to the audience about the cultural magic she was experiencing during her latest work trip to Africa. She wanted to express the chaotic camouflage of the streets of Lagos ‘where the vibrant textual world blends into a natural cacophony of chlorophyll green.’

Liselore Frowijn’s rustic, free spirit is noticeable in this latest collection as much as in her first in which she drew inspiration from Henri Matisse’s late cut-outs. By using cutting and pasting techniques, at the time she created a modern suit for the contemporary woman, enlisting the same bold palette that Matisse used, but spreading it across innovative sportswear fabrics. Today she combines grey tones with radiant orange and red, opera-length golden gloves, interestingly cut trench coats and bomber jackets conquered Parisian runway.

The lack of accessories additionally contributed to the design, which is ultimately what the designer was trying to achieve.