Request for Landing
Conny Groenewegen's Spring/Summer 2011 collection named Request for Landing, is marked by a notable sense of weightlessness.
Open structures in a fine-weave cotton give the collection a feminine yet powerful transparency which plays with the visibility of the skin. Dots in contrasting colours are scattered around sleeves and back, somewhat reminiscent of zoomed-in butterfly wings. This theme is repeated in the mirrored transitions and lines featured in certain tops and dresses. The colour-palette is dominated by sepia, nude and black tones with accent colours in orange and sea-green which refers to the comfortable airiness of the pieces.
Knitwear is juxtaposed with chunky leather skirts and shorts which feel like autonomous objects thanks to their laser-cut details, representative for the designer. On the whole Request for Landing is a typical Conny Groenewegen collection featuring feminine silhouettes, rich detailing and refinement.
The clothing's translucent feel and lines come from Groenewegen's upbringing in an area renowned for its greenhouses. In her universe, beauty exists in contrasting elements such as open and closed, or vulnerable and strong. The main role in the clothing isn't taken by a certain style or aesthetic, more important is a modern interpretation and approach to traditional materials such as lace, leather and knitwear. Taking the material itself as a starting point, various industrial techniques are combined with traditional crafts to create the designs. The emphasis is mainly on shape and the relationship between open and closed.
Photos: Peter Stigter
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