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Henrik Vibskov Menswear S/S11

The Danish creative plays with inventive set designs and the odd wooden boat...

Danish designer Henrik Vibskov has crafted a career out of putting on extravagant shows for his eccentric fashion. As a consequence, people have sometimes left more bemused than impressed. So what stuck out at Vibskov’s SS ’11 collection was – except for the whacky set design and swimming goggles – the more wearable pieces in his show. Vibskov might fool around a bit, but there is no doubt that underneath that sense of humour lies a true design talent. White shirts, knitwear cardigans and zip detailed jackets and coats were all potential staple pieces of next summer’s wardrobe. Of course, there was also time for a bit of fun; fringed leopard leggings, a purple check suit, camouflage… and two models steering three metre long wooden boats up and down the catwalk, which by the way was a raised wooden pier…
Dazed Digital: How would you describe the setting?
Henrik Vibskov: It’s quite a dramatic setting. First I wanted to use gondoliers in real water but that didn’t happen so I put the boats on wheels instead, which gave it a more Mad Max feeling to it!
DD: Tell us about the collection!
Henrik Vibskov: I used a lot of prints from nature, like wood and animal prints. For this season I also used swimming goggles as sunglasses. I wanted an uplifting spirit to go through the clothes.
DD: It seems like you enjoy mixing the more eccentric with staple pieces like shirts, suits and knitwear?
Henrik Vibskov: I like the balance. To add some black with all colours, or just some white shirts.
DD: Any favourite pieces?
Henrik Vibskov: The one I’m wearing; a knitwear piece in the shape of an old school tailored jacket!

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