"This season I had an image in my mind of a woman on a journey across a landscape - a symbolic wanderer. The idea came from three very different references. There is a series of beautiful black and white photography by Hashimoto Shoko from the 1970s of a group of Goze. They were blind women musicians who travelled from town to town in Japan, playing their music. The three women in his photos really inspired me. Then I was also looking at James Turrell’s installations, that glow and otherworldly feeling, which I really wanted to bring into the colours this season, the electric pink and glaring green." - Cecilie Bahnsen
The unique machine embroidery is airy, light and the beautiful 3D texture moves and flickers in the wind. In the studio, Cecilie and her team have created floral embroidered organza overlays. The simple silhouettes contrast the beautiful hand-stitched detailing and the shimmering flower beads seem to dance in the light as the fabric moves. The light organza overlays are worn over the dresses, tailoring and sculptural outerwear making them a key to this season’s styling of the collection.
Cecilie subtly expands the vocabulary of her brand with new silhouettes and details. A re-working of her signature open-back dress with a circular cut-out tied on each side of the back with a bow. A new off-the-shoulder balloon shape statement sleeve - sculptural and light, romantic yet relaxed. The feminine silhouettes are styled over transparent ribbed knitwear and masculine tailoring, allowing Cecilie to play with layering as she created the look for Spring Summer 2021. Cecilie continues to refine her approach to tailoring – precise yet relaxed – with a series of organza suit jackets layered under and over dresses.
For the tailored and sculptural outerwear, Cecilie has made her second collaboration withMackintosh. She brings absolutely exquisite detailing to the British heritage company’s bonded rubber rain mac. The collaboration is made of three key outerwear silhouettes, which include the iconic Mackintosh trench re-interpreted with a trapeze silhouette and balloon sleeves.
Cecilie has also created a shoe, a modern minimal slipper in a fabric made from wasteplastic, in collaboration with her friends at the Spanish brand Hereu.
Images Courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen/ Words Cecilie Bahnsen press release