Liselore Frowijn RTW F/W 2017/18

Ready-to-wear was never this painterly. Known as the most artsy Dutch designer, it is no wonder Liserole Frowijn 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 today’s show in Paris, where she presented a perfect mix of sportswear and luxury. Wearable art, if you prefer. Her rustic, free spirit is noticeable in this latest collection as much as in her first where 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, grey tones combined with radiant orange and red, opera-length golden gloves, interestingly cut trench coats and bomber jackets conquered Parisian runway.

The designer decided to keep the make up transparent, so the focus remained on the vivid design. Models were in hands of the experienced make up and hair artist, Margot Van Essen, who brought out radiant, fresh faces to the spotlight. Light pink and gold dominated the looks, while mascara was left out in order to keep up with the transparent theme. High pony tails and slick hair contributed to clean and modern look, managed by Freda Rossidis creative director at Mr. Smith, an Australian hair care brand.

Frowijn’s main ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2017 collection presented today in Paris, took us 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.’

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

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