Winde Rienstra dresses new tribes
Presented at Amsterdam’s Fashion Week, the latest collection by Winde Rienstra is inspired by C.P. Cavafy’s poem "Ithaca", conceived like a journey through different cultures in the search for a personal identity.
The collection consists of Grecian gowns in sorbet green, orange and blue. The colors brighten the silk fabrics, treated with handmade silkscreen prints or decorated with very fine wooden inlays and embroidery.
For this season, the Dutch designer veers toward the bizarre with the footwear made of Lego blocks and tied with skinny knitted laces decorated like pom poms, adding an extreme and fresh touch to the collection.
For the floral compositions on the fabrics Rienstra used various embroidery techniques: from the Turkish oya method to the French dentelle. The designer thus evokes new images of cyber nomads, that travel the meanders of the internet to join their tribes, founded on a common cultural identity.
The collection is part of the cultural initiative "Spinning a Yarn", with which Rienstra has been working for almost a year. The final result will be displayed at the Academy Gallery in Utrecht from the 8th to the 29th of September 2012.
Photos via winderienstra.com
16 August 2012
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