© by Christian Westphal
Christian Westphal launched his first womenswear collection in his own name for Autumn/Winter 2011 in Paris, March 4th and on the runway in Tokyo today, invited by JFW.
Westphal has turned back to the world of the couture techniques, which he had so powerfully harnessed in his Paris years. »I wanted to get back to the handcraft I love, and the things that are being lost in the making of fashion. Women ask for masculine tailoring and shirting, but they want to feel fragile at the same time.«
The collections, both men and women, is about the cut: The butchers cut, the surgeons cut and the tailors cut and consists of geometric, collaged, stiff yet rounded, and composed of zones of matte and shine, with cashmere dimpled to look like industrial foam and shaved fur, severely asymmetrical silk dresses for women and oh-so-difficult contradictions.
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