Mittwoch, 12. März 2014

FASHION / the spaghetti handjob by henrik vibskov

Henrik Vibskov



Fashion is more than just a beautiful or functional piece of garment. Fashion is a creative gesture with multiple cultural connections to art, music, design, architecture or mundane things like everyday practices. Fashion never stands alone, it's embedded in this system of small things which create a bigger story which will be told to the public. To make fashion interesting in a way beyond beauty you have to tell a story around it and if you are a designer you are naturally a story teller. It is unimportant if you create fashion, books, furniture or an exhibition. The most important thing is to translate your story into a visual output, a system of colors, materials and forms. The master of story telling is danish designer Henrik Vibskov.


The designer is official known a fashion designer but is also musician, designer, artist and performer who creates interior and retail design, costumes, installations, objects, furniture and many more. The quality of Vibskov's conceptional way of working is his talent to push one simple idea into many fields of expression: If he starts a collection, he and his team start with a basic term, a word or an idea, like the idea of a tongue for his Spring/Summer collection 2013. For his Spring/Summer collection 12 he concentrated on the word Panopticum. During the following months Vibskov and his team work on different projects based on this basic idea or word and the resulting collection is every time a part of this process. It's all about creating an identity and tell a story through the materials. 

Unimportant how different the terms and ideas for the collections and projects are, Vibskov visualize his ideas every time in a kind of signature style, which make his label so different from other Scandinavian labels these days: His functional clothes combine classic tailoring with a touch of avant garde, are always colorful, covered with geometric prints and sometimes added with funny details, which match the basic idea of the collection. It's unimportant if the color doesn't work so well in sales, if it's matches the concept in a good way. If Vibskov presents a new collection, he creates a bigger picture than just the clothes, but a whole universe of expressions and takes care for every detail: the stage design, the music, the colors of the walls and the mood of the show in general. It's more about creating an atmosphere and special performance than just present clothes for an upcoming season. Every show is added by a special installation in the middle of the catwalk which give an material impression of the basic idea.

As seen in his latest collection: The Spaghetti Handjob. The collection is based on the fact that this food combine to big contrasts: It can be really stringent in shape when it’s raw, and it’s very disordered once cooked. The whole collection is based on this idea of lose fit and hard shape. In the middle of the catwalk was a mint green spaghetti-like constellation placed which remind to an enormous car wash station. The whole environment and the clothes itself work with a color palette based on mint green, white, red and orange, shades of sand and grey, which remind to kitchen utensils from the 70's. Vibskov combine tailored jackets and loose fitted pants, sharp cutted shirts with oversized jackets, big sculptural shaped pieces in neoprene which remind to the organic forms of boiled spaghetti with military inspired hats. The concept of contrasts is continued in the details and materials as well: colored fringes stands next to white pieces with origami-like cut-outs, natural fibres such as wool and hand-knitted pieces were combined with synthetic materials such as neoprene and polyester. The idea of contrast is also demonstrated in the production process: For The Spaghetti Handjob Vibskov has collaborated with an Indian non-profit organization for cotton production. The cotton is made by unemployed women who use traditional, local techniques. The material is treated without electricity, dyed with natural colors and finally printed with hand-cut wooden blocks. These materials create the last big contrast to the industrial produced materials neoprene and polyester used in the collection and complete Vibskov's system of juxtaposing ideas, contrasts and connotations.




Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov


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