It’s always fascinating to see what female designers think women should wear for the in-coming seasons. Especially in this day and age, where women’s issues are pushed to the forefront, their voices in fashion are now more important than ever. This made By Malene Birger’s Spring 2019 show in Copenhagen that much more interesting. It’s the second collection by their new creative director Mathilde Torp Mader, whose aim this season is to make old stuff new again. The old meaning the established streamlined look of the brand, which modern working women always favored, but transformed here with a punk-like bohemian effect courtesy of the net overlay on slip dresses and the tightly-ruched pieces. Another “oldie but goodie” of the label that was reworked for this line is the illustration print, drawn by Malene Birger herself, of nude women in various poses. Here, they were colored and splattered on to silky white dresses and skirts—minimally sexualizing what would have been common virginal pieces. Apart from just signature styles, Mader’s “old-turned-new” proposal seems to touch upon women’s ideas and concepts as well, which is a welcome and powerful display for these trying times.
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Photo: Copenhagen Fashion Week / INDIGITAL.TV