The Brvtalist is proud to present the Men's and Women's Autumn/Winter 2015 collection by Scandinavian fashion designer Barbara I Gongini. Born in the Danish Isles of Faroe and now based in Copenhagen, Gongini's designs pay homage to Nordic heritage while infusing them with a progressive edge and innovative fabrics that combine to form a wholly unique brand. Her designs first caught our eye on the runway as we loved her sophisticated silhouettes set against a primitive, almost primordial aesthetic.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase her latest collection which continues her design evolution and highlights her ability to utilize multiple layers and a variety of fabrics that makes for some of the best looks we've seen this Fall. Her outerwear immediately caught our eye as we were struck by the use of exquisite furs, luscious leathers and beautiful silks. Mixed in with luxury fabrics are denim, jersey and linen which creates a very nice juxtaposition for Fall attire. Each look maintains a sense of utility and functionality while still upholding a very avant-garde point of view. The construction of each garment takes center stage and the monochrome palate adds an extra layer of intrigue and refinement. From the designer:
A whimsical silence surrounds us. We exhale. As the elements defy the exterior, we stand vast, embracing a sense of solemn unison. There is nobody else.
The time of reckoning. Us and our universal dialogue. We seek to reach further with vigorous diligence. With intent, we advance, ever composed in profound togetherness.
For AW15 BARBARA I GONGINI researches garment tactility. Layers appear as singular attributes, carefully shaping the structured yet languid silhouette. Apparent tailoring constructions are re-assessed without compromising wearability. Japanese thick wool, sleek fur and sturdy leather are paired with breezy jersey, textured linen and soft washed silks. A focus on hidden functionality is supported by underplayed colour shading, here expressed through a sensory deep black, variations of grey and subtle notes of white.
Sturdy re-worked denim is combined with overlay coats, sweats appear layered with ripped hand-knits and lightweight elongated shirts are juxtaposed by tailored wool vests. Seams and stitches become part of an exoskeleton, enhancing both anatomy and sculpted forms. Shirts feature multi-functional closures, allowing wearers to shape their respective silhouette with intent. A selection of layered circular cuts invite for transparency in the collections’ overlaying fabrics. Leather accessories exist as cordial wayfarers, back strapped, harnessed, as fitted vests or utility cuffs.
AW15. No sign of a way out. A collective remains. As the silence fades, only sentient wanderers prevail.
For more information please visit barbaraigongini.dk
*click to enlarge. All images by Nicky de Silva.