"We have developed a keen interest in adding new dimension through textured and tactile dimension."

This statement about Ostwald Helgason's new A/W 11-12 collection is music to my ears and looking at the collection itself, it was an immediate case of wanting to touch everything.  Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason as a duo contribute their respective interests of fine art and technology into a melting pot to produce collections that over the past few seasons have shifted away from print over to texture.  The mohair of two seasons ago (still obsessing over this particular dungaree checked dress…) combined with the sheer and diaphanous qualities of the denim blue ridden S/S 11 collection have graduated into this new A/W 11-12 collection that is the most texturous of theirs to date.  Colour gradiation that gives the effect of spilled ink, is worked into fluffy mohair jumpers, tufted polka dot shirts and cob-webby knits where the black creeps into the flesh that is revealed from underneath.  It's a clever way of adding yet another dimension to the textures and making them all the more alluring.  What only be described as a spongey nude mesh material works effectively when blocked with solid trims of red and yellow.  The key to making this riot of texture and tactile surfaces work is that the shapes are kept clean and accessible.  You can deal with this amount of fibrous and texturous detailing when they're rendered in the loose blazer, the easy wide-legged trousers and shirt dresses.  This sort of easy-going surface detailing contributes to the wider presence of texture, that is around for this autumn winter season but in a way that seems slightly easier to grasp…



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Comments (19)

  1. Sarah says:

    Quirky clothes. Just by looking at the photos, I’m wanting to feel the textures!

  2. Trixie says:

    I thought this range looked incredible even in the thumbnail! It’s even more incredible up close!! Love the subtle colour blocking and mix of textures, thanks for sharing x

  3. Kc says:

    Nice collection! Love the top 3 looks 🙂

  4. Evana says:

    Love the colour palette used, and all the designs are just to die for!

  5. january says:

    love those sheer tops. so many possibilities…
    january, x

  6. mimi says:

    this collection is wonderful. esp love the nude tops with the bold bands. though i tend to think sheer clothing in the fashion industry is ALWAYS catered to people with light skin. can be unfortunate

  7. Estela says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Love them all! Its amazing how ur able to find so many beautiful things to show us every time. Love, love, love ur blog!! Thank u for doing such a wonderful job:)

  8. fancypants says:

    Those first knits are stunning, especially to someone who wasted her day trying to and failing to find a special black sweater.
    This a little off topic but i think i may also have spied your new favourite coat come winter. It was part of the dion lee x cue collaboration. A trench in soft fairy floss pink and grey marle, it had susie bubble stamped all over it! Here’s hoping your trip down under is soon enough that you get a chance to see it!

  9. WOW really beautiful post! I am so in love with the 2nd look!

  10. Louisa says:

    Really in love with those sheer tops and the ones featuring the colour graduation!

  11. The mohair sweaters are so delicate, sexy, and fun! Also really like the sheer top with yellow trim, chic and vibrant.

  12. Lovin’ all of the bright colors and the fuzzy-ness to the clothes!!! AMAZZZIN’ textiles..just gorgeous! We wanted to wish you a happy and colorful EASTER weekend, Susie!!! All the BEST babe and a big hug!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  13. Lola says:

    Golly! You get the description of these clothes SPOT ON, love your way of writing girl! X

  14. Olive says:

    Hoaaa! I love how the dye the shirt! superb!

  15. I looooove the whole collection! The textures are killing me 🙂

  16. Swan says:

    I swear I blink and there is so much to look at here. The nude tops are beautiful. Just really incredible, especially in those layering pics.

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