Sunday, 8 June 2014

a walk in the woods

Today has been a sweltering day - actually the opening
day of what promises to be a long hot summer - we reached
35°C in the afternoon with sweat tops, huge rectangular
sunglasses and step-ins popping up all around the small
town where I was visiting a nice little fair about social
economy. Soon after a shower, I'm going to freshen me
up all the more by taking a slow walk in the woods thanks
to Dutch designer Esther Dorhout Mees who took 
living wood as a source of inspiration.

The label 'Dorhout Mees' was established by expert
designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees after years of
working for well-known brands such as Bruuns Bazaar
and Tommy Hilfiger launching a conceptual yet wearable
refined style. ”The base of all collections are prints, silk,
wool and delicate knits combined with the use of wearable
unconventional materials. Fascination of the constant
connection between body and material, covering and
uncovering of the female body is always the starting point.
Contradiction in structures, silhouette and textures 
are the essence of the collections” the designer states.

'Dorhout Mees' keeps on going its game of contrasts in
the latest fall-winter 2014-15 collection, 'Passage', a
collection ”for women who show their strength through
their vulnerability.”
Introduced by a line by young American
born writer, poet, essayist and philosopher Criss Jami that
goes: ”To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnera-
ble, to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength”
Esther Dorhout Mees emphasized the similarity 
between humans and plants.

”How can you tell if it has had a good or a bad year by the
annual rings of a tree. A bad year is a delicate moment. A
fragile and difficult period, but when the tree grows through
it, it becomes part of the core of the trunk and gives power
from within...” she declares introducing her signature game
of contradictions: organic forms facing hard contours, smooth
and shiny fabrics together with rough textures, straight lines
with folds. I'm nuts about a breathtaking pair of 3-D printed
shoes that look like carved from blocks of solid wood while
the handmade accessories, clutches, belts and bracelets,
have a real wood finish.
A breath of fresh air from northern woodlands.

> all images © by Dorhout Mees website <

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