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Davidelfin Womenswear S/S11

Using civilian uniforms and colourful straps, Davidelfin played with deconstructed minimalism in his collection

For the untrained eye it might have looked a little bit like Ryan Air uniforms, but there was of course a lot more to Davidelfin’s deconstructed and minimal collection then air stewardess uniforms. Blue dresses and coats were matched with yellow straps for a slightly futuristic aesthetic. Also his menswear featured the straps but on the guys they were partly used to hold up shirt collars and jacket lapels. Some of the tailoring was cut in half, revealing odd but forward pushing silhouettes. The ladies stomped around in Christian Louboutin shoes and midnight blue outfits, some of them also playing with the notion of formalwear through morning jackets and sleeveless tailored jackets. Detachable collars and ties added to a Davidelfin’s very unique take on his own heritage.

Dazed Digital: What was the general idea behind the show?

Davidelfin: I wanted to repeat previous idea but in a different way. I have been doing this for ten years and there are certain things that have stayed with me the whole time, like patterns and cuts.

DD: What about this season in particular?

Davidelfin: It was about protection, in both a professional and personal way.

DD: Tell us about the fabric…

Davidelfin: It’s a stretchy underwear fabric. I like the idea of using an ‘inside’ fabric for ‘outside’ pieces, such as tailoring.

DD: Do you have a favourite piece in the collection?

Davidelfin: I can’t choose, it’s like choosing between my sons…