>> Some of you may have already caught wind of Borne by Elise Berger through the image-fest that is Knight Cat. I did mean to post about Borne earlier on as designer Christine Elise K√∂lnberger-Aziz (a mouthful that's been nicely shortened…) but I had hoped that I'd make it out to the other side of town to see the label's studio in action.  It never happened.  It may still happen.  For now, I simply must extoll the delights of 'Little Series', her debut S/S 11 collection.  Christine hails from MuÃànster in Germany where she grew up watching her grandfather who was a menswear tailor and for some reason knew her artistic pseudonym would be Elise Berger, hence the final name of her brand.  After studying in ESDi in Barcelona and doing internships for Vivienne Westwood and Preen in London, she returned to Barcelona to develop this collection.  Now she splits her time between Barcelona and London with her husband and two-year old son whilst birthing out Borne into the new label scene. 


You get the feeling there are no big or complex ideas behind Borne.  It's simply about clothes you'll fall in love with focusing on details that make you take a second look at something that is deceptively simple.  For S/S 11, the ruffle is given a good cleansing.  Through a leaning towards understated and louche menswear tailoring, seen in the shapes, any ruffles or tiers of frou frou-ness manages not to overcrowd the clothes and stand out even more.  I'm not sure how Christine managed to make ruffles look tomboyish even in the palette of pinks, creams and soft heather greys and perhaps the stance of model Kat Hessen is helping the cause as well but in any case, I'm not overwhelmed by the ruffle and so we have an easy-to-fall-for first collection that just needs a neat little e-store and some choice stockists for Borne to really be born.

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Comments (20)

  1. Joy D. says:

    I like the last two piece/dress. It is understated but a really fun group of garments. I would like to see this more often.
    PS. I am enjoying your return to Dazed D.

  2. m.urm says:

    i love you for posts like these

  3. Emily says:

    i love this stuff, the details on such simple peices are great!

  4. rachael says:

    I actually said “Oh My God” out loud when I saw the pictures. Love it. I hope you don’t mind my featuring this on my blog.

  5. M says:

    A bit too girly, but fun! xxx

  6. Nickie Frye says:

    Cute, but you have to be pin thin to pull these looks off.

  7. This is gorgeous, I love it !

  8. I love the last two dress,they look gorgeous and stunning too… It is a awesome fun group of garments….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dolxfld6uQE me wanna see this more often coz they are simply fanstastic…Great work!!!

  9. Skye says:

    I love the old fashioned flowers that look like they were cut from your grannies garden

  10. Cami says:

    The flower headdress is beee-utiful! X

  11. renee says:

    oh..i love the frilled pants…and those soft palettes in the dress..hints of girliness and sportiness is clearly gorgeous..she can go a lobg with this debut….!!!!

  12. Jennifer says:

    <3 it! love how the ruffles gives a romantic atmosphere!

  13. amalie says:

    love this! ruffles are so cute.

  14. Hazel says:

    pretty pretty

  15. blog mode says:

    very inspiring pictures, thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. daphne says:

    the clothes are great, but what’s with the gap teeth that continue showing up everywhere

  17. Stylista says:

    Ok, I ADORE ruffles. They’re feminine and oh so sweet. I’d wear them all day for the rest of my life, if I could. Ok, maybe exaggerating a little…

  18. louis says:

    I really enjoy your blog, the details on such simple peices are great!

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