• Helle Hestehave and Rikke Baumgarten of Baum Und Pferdgarten on their SS19 Collection

    Written by Meghan Scott

    What a refreshing moment this Copenhagen Fashion Week, to step into the stunning and intimate location for Baum Und Pferdgarten, an auction house based in the heart of Copenhagen. Gargantuan antique crystal chandeliers hung from the moulded ceiling, on the walls were a perfect mix of 18th century and contemporary paintings, and tapestries from a time we can only read about adorned the walls. The city had cooled down by the time the doors were opened and the guests could finally take a break from fanning themselves incessantly and relax with a cool aquavit cocktail in hand while anticipating what the duo, Helle Hestehave and Rikke Baumgarten’s had in store for SS19.  

    Florals in pastel tones, yellow being key, floated through the venue alongside perfect clashes of gingham 60’s beach attire with subtle monogramming. The duo pleased the crowd once again with their impeccable jacquard pieces that flickered in the light, silky dresses, transparent fabrics and trouser-sets with exaggerated collars. Perfect sophistication with hints of street for today’s fashion set. Juxtaposed with an air of sport, this collection hit the nail on the head for Baum Und Pferdgarten once again. We had the chance to ask  Helle Hestehave and Rikke Baumgarten a few questions about the collection.  

    Odalisque Magazine: Having almost two decades together as a design duo, what is the story behind your “poetic friendship”, how did you two come to form Baum Und Pferdgarten? How does your friendship together influence your work?

    Helle Hestehave and Rikke Baumgarten: We met at design school in Copenhagen and formed Baum und Pferdgarten January 1st, 1999. We worked on the first collection sitting in a tiny apartment sewing everything by hand. And we have been together ever since. Our friendship is unique as it is not only a friendship but also a partnership, a family, two decades of history and growth. We have become mothers together, business women and much more.

    In our eyes that is truly the essence of a poetic friendship.

    We are together every day and make decisions together. Our friendship has a great influence on our work, and everything we do is colored by our differences and our relationship. It is what makes Baum und Pferdgarten what it is.

    OD.M: What key strategies have you applied to keep the DNA of your brand so strong throughout the years?

    H&R: It is about staying true to your vision and embracing what makes us unique. And that is the mix of the two of us, our playful universe and our love of dressing women.

    OD.M:  Could you tell us a little about this collections key looks?

    H&R We have worked a lot with transparent fabrics, gold flickering details, light, and flowy silks all in pale and pastel tones combined with rustic, heavy fabrics and oversized outerwear. We wanted to create a dreamy and contrasted collection.

    OD.M: Do you imagine where Baum Und Pferdgarten will be in two more decades? With the ever-changing fashion and garment industry, can you project which kind of system that your brand may go in, in terms of production and retail?

    H&R: The Baum und Pferdgarten brand is moving forward, and we are at the moment experiencing an amazing journey. We are expanding in terms of design processes, our team, our ambition and much more. So it is almost impossible to say, where we will be in two decades, but it is very exciting to think about!
    One thing is for sure, we will still be the two of us.

    Check out the all looks here.

  • Chanel Haute Couture AW 2018/19

    Written by Meghan Scott

    Paris is synonymous with Haute Couture as is French fashion house Chanel with Paris. This season Karl Lagerfeld paid another homage to the magical city, with a focus on book lovers and the Académie Francaise. The runway was lined with booksellers' “boxes”, as you would see quayside along the Seine, invoking the spirit of the Parisiénne intellect. Models adorned in beautiful dresses and gowns embellished with tweed, flannel, velvet, crêpe, lace, taffetas, radzimir and chiffon, as classic Chanel. The colour palette mimicked the tones of Paris rooftops, street asphalt with black and deep nocturnal navy with gold and silver reflections like the reflection of the moon on the Seine. Jackets were joined by pleated skirts. Chiffon blouses, high band collars, lace tops, and others with plastrons embroidered with sequins, beads, and crystals, further enriched the collection. A feeling of 1940's was present with exaggerated pompadours, knee-length skirts, pan collars, encompassing pre-rockabilly vibe. Karl expresses his recognition that Paris is a very unique fashion capital, a symbiosis of arts and culture makes Chanel unique.

    The guest list at the show included Chanel's new ambassadors Penélope Cruz, and the regular CHANEL ambassadors Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Pharrell Williams, Marine Vacth, Caroline de Maigret, Soo Joo Park, Ellie Bamber, Ayami Nakajo, Liu Wen and Zhou Xun, American actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Mackenzie Foy, Thai actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukuying, Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin, French actresses Diane Rouxel and Carole Bouquet as well as French ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot attended the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture runway show this Tuesday, July 3rd at the Grand Palais. 

  • The Waldorf Project

    Written by Fashion Tales

    An interesting art project will be taking place at Ksju in Stockholm's slaughterhouse district. The Waldorf Project is an immersive experience on a grand stage in which art is consumed through all of the senses. A realisation by artist Sean Rogg, has created and directed this project which has had a run of installments over several years; Chapter One/MUSKMELON, Chapter Two/COLOUR, and Chapter Three/FUTURO so far, the next deployment is a fully developed exploration of Chapter Four/BARZAKH which will take place in London in 2018.

    The Waldorf Project is one of the world’s most intense and mesmerizing theater experiences, in which the audience consumes the performance with all five senses. In an intimate setting running from May 17th until the 20th, is has been described as a new art form and will be its first exhibition outside of London.

    According to the press release: The full staging of the fourth chapter of The Waldorf Projects that will take place in the UK later this year. E.R.L.s (Experimental Research Labratories) are shorter performances compared to entire chapters, for CHAPTER FOUR/BARZAKH. This gives Rogg the opportunity to explore the core concepts that make up a chapter and trial them on a live crowd for the first time, often making the E.R.L.s more intense. The Waldorf Project was created by Rogg in 2012 and is a holistic theatre experience that seamlessly blends movement design, costume design, spatial design, choreography, music, and gastronomy into one cohesive experience. It represents the bleeding edge of 21stcentury performance and conceptual art. Sean Rogg elaborates, “Every person responsible for each of the creative disciplines that make up The Waldorf Project is at the very forefront of their crafts. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail, and our guests in Stockholm will have an experience as close to an actual chapter as possible. Since an E.R.L.s precede full chapters and give us an opportunity to trial ideas, they demand more from us as creators.”

    The world’s most coveted news and art media outlets including Associated Press, The Guardian, The Creators Project, Trend Tablet, WGSN and have covered the initiative since CHAPTER ONE / MUSKMELON. “Having lived in Sweden for over four years I’ve experienced the introverted nature of Swedes firsthand. It’s fascinating to me. Much like London, Stockholm is multicultural, yet the mentality of Swedes is typically much more close guarded compared to Brits. In that sense Stockholm makes for an intriguing ‘test market’ for us before we premiere the full chapter in London later this year,” Rogg explains, “There’s of course also the problem of finding spaces that can play host to what we do. Fristaden is a lot smaller space than we usually work with but makes it up with character. It’s in an interesting area of the city that struck a chord with me. It’s going to be an exceptional series of performances.”

    For more information and to purchase tickets for this incredible experience, visit www.ksju.se/thewaldorfproject