What’s most striking when looking at the new collections of Muuse -the Danish platform that produces capsule collections of young talents- at the Re Present Showroom in London are the fresh and inspiring ideas that effortlessly get translated into luxurious and wearable clothes. The connecting thread in experiencing the collections can be summed up with one work: quality.
Muuse was one of the Scandinavian brands that were selected to showcase their latest collections at the abandoned town house in Holborn last weekend. There was also a small and representative curated exhibition called ‘Re Design: Emerging Scandinavia’ presenting a series of experimental pieces with a strong focus on innovation.
An impressive work by Tilde Bay Kristoffersen and part of her graduation project called ‘composing the between’, is one of the selected pieces for this exhibition. It’s also the source of inspiration for her first ready-to-wear collection for Muuse. Her dramatic sensibility is translated through prints, pleats and construction to statement pieces like a special suede top or the printed/pleated dress.
Hellen van Rees returns with a new collection that features inspiring everyday clothes like the ‘statement dress’. An indispensable item from one of the finalists of this years LMVH Prize and winner of last year Hessnatur prize. The print of the dress replicates the designer’s signature with handmade tweeds.
Winner of the PREMIUM Young Designers Award F/W 14/15, Louise Korner’s ‘Oil shirtdress’ is one of my favorites. The original print is a play between textures and holographic effects evoking the image of a decaying oil factory abandoned in the middle of the desert.
Another new addition to this season’s Muuse collection are the sculptural designs by Claudia Gamba. Gamba finds inspiration in modernism and architecture, both themes well represented in the shapes and colour combinations of her ‘futurism dress’. A daring yet elegant piece.
Dagmar Kestner’s accessories are amazing, I especially love the ‘Serpentine leather cap’.
The works of Yvonne Laufer and a beautiful femme-fatale dress by Heidi Paula are well worth mentioning.
All in all, these new collections from Muuse are international, eclectic, and when viewed together, tell one cohesive, creative story.