Cherry blossom print inspired by a trip to Shanghai and the return of popper-pants – it could only be Astrid Andersen SS16.
The glimmering silver and black cherry blossom appliquéd across almost all of Andersen’s collection this morning made it hard to ignore her inspirations this season. After a recent trip to Shanghai, and a long running obsession with pre-internet compositions of a pixelated future, the designer managed to celebrate these Chinese influences, without bordering on the inappropriate. With basketball shorts and billowing sports tops in lime green and lavender silks – with one or two kimono-like jackets featuring towards the close – the pieces demonstrate the designer’s knack in taking sportswear staples and twisting them into high-end pieces.
Praise be for Popper-Pants
Everyone has had that “do you remember those trousers you could pop open at the side?” conversations right? From a tapered track-pant to a thigh-high slit, they would take any 90s kid from gym class to diva in a matter of seconds. And here they are again – in two stripe black jersey/lime green/lavender/lemon combos we can finally return to the glory days. Combined with any of the delicate silver and black lace cut-out sweaters, or day-glo yellow chiffon shirts, and you’re ready to rave.
Purple lamé sweaters and shirts, lemony silk macs, and teal brocade bombers shone as upperwear, while gigantic jungle trousers in metallic purple and silky heat-transferred yellow swirled around muscular legs. The Astrid man is not afraid of the attention grabbing nature of these designs – and that’s what they deserve: attention!
Photographer: Thurstan Redding.
Words: Thomas Rasmussen.