Thursday, August 13, 2015

Modern Deconstructed Goth: Barbara Congini SS2016 Collection

Best of Copenhagen FashionWeek 2015
Copenhagen FashionWeek 2015 is over and it showed one of the most interesting avant-garde collection of the summer. Barbara I Congini from Denmark is a truly inspirational designer. Since 2005 she has established a stellar reputation for dark deconstructed layering and sustainability, but with her Spring 2016 collection she has finally produced a more approachable and wearable fashion. Don't get me wrong I am in awe of her artsy slashed, twisted, cocooned layering straddling the lines between goth and post apocalyptic vision of a doomed society. But the SS2016 collection is a truly creative one reminiscent of McQueen himself. It is more polished, more sophisticated, and more inclusive.

Her conceptual designs blend effortlessly a dark new-wave Nordic styling with a Tim Burton-esque version of a hard rock god, to create an amazing effect. Bold and varying in depth the fabric, varying  textures, and mixing of patterns provide magnificent canvas for her to display her artistry and vision. Minimal and complex all at once Gongini once again reworks our perceptions of abstract forms to create magic.

According to her website the designer was born in the cinematic Faroe Islands and graduated in 1996 from Denmark’s School of Design at the Institute of Unica Design. Ever since, she has "developed her vision as part of a pensive dialogue between design, form and function."



I must admit that the vertical stripes in her SS2016 collection was a major draw for me. She turned the perennial preppy take-me-sailing style and made it brooding and fierce.   

Barbara I Gongini home decor
So if you are looking in your closet and you are about to say "I have nothing to wear" -- well take another look at those old black ripped jeans as the building block for some kick-ass dark fall outfits.


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