>> 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.