CPHFW AW19: Helmstedt – Sweet Dreams are Made of Silk

The young and incredibly talented Emilie Helmstedt had us at her Spring/Summer aquarium collection, but this season’s dreamy loungewear has truly swept us of our feet. The show – or what would be more accurate – the live art exhibition, opened with an inspiring reading performed by the designer herself. “Everything is real, nothing is real. Dreams are filling the air, feeding into the fantasy.” – read Emilie in a soft, bedtime story voice, letting us see into her head of phantasmagoria. Once the lullaby melodies began to swell in the background, and the first model slowly circled the enormous Princess and the Pea sized bed, we knew we were in for something special.

 

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

 

Transposed into silk gowns and playful pyjama co-ords, was Emilie’s sleepy, sweet universe. So far removed from the rapid fashion world, the models floated, covered in a palette of delicate blue, pink and yellow, sporting deliberate out-of-bed hair. Attached to their heads in an artistic chaos, were intricate headpieces, bringing to mind the Byzantium or bejewelled unicorns. All of the garments had a floaty, relaxed fit, but the hand-painted designs and luxurious fabric, make them work both as sleepwear and evening-out attire. Perhaps a little disturbing/reminiscent of our childhood, were the block colour sleepsuits with matching bonnets, which seemed to be coming from a completely different place than the rest of the collection.

 

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

Helmstedt AW19 CPHFW

 

The Helmstedt realm is an exploration of female beauty through a dream sequence. Detached from the typical Autumn/Winter interpretation, or any seasonality dictated by the fashion industry standards, it’s based on feelings and memories. Filled with childhood innocence of candy floss hair and pastels, it absorbs kaleidoscopic geometry and cloudy brushes of watercolour paint. Those shapes printed on timeless feminine loungewear styles, provide the ultimate basis for dreaming away the glooms of mundane everyday.

When we’re dreaming, we can choose to be whoever we want. Whatever it is that Emilie Helmstedt dreams about when she sleeps, we hope she continues to expand her beautiful imagination!


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