Baum und Pferdgarten do their thing so well, that we wait every CPHFW for their new collection with baited breath! Still somehow, seeing the AW19 launch at the superbly lit Fabrikken space, has left us flabbergasted, our jaws dropped swiftly to the concrete floor and never returned.
Following a slight delay that made everyone even more jittery with excitement, the first models showed up. What instantly struck us was the room’s lighting, which made their faces glow with natural youth and distant memories of vitamin D – we don’t get much of it in the winter in Scandinavia, incase you weren’t aware. As they walked off, galloping to the beat of Nelly Furtado, the light did brilliant work again by casting long shadows and creating this glorious illusion of basking in natural sunlight.
“Our Autumn/Winter 19 collection is inspired by the family we have created. With great curiosity we have explored scenes from everyday life: walking the dog, enjoying nature, grocery shopping, baking a cake, going camping, or sleeping in. A time where you reach for a book instead of your smartphone. We’ve translated this into a collection inspired by borrowing from the family closet: your dad’s shirt, your mom’s pearls and your sister’s ripped jeans.” – Creative Directors Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave, Baum und Pferdgarten
Inspired by ordinary life and the messy patchwork of style-savvy family members, the collection merged a lot of different personalities through colours and textiles. Lavender and pale yellow dominated the catwalk, with babydoll sheer dresses, and organza balloon-sleeves straight from your little sister’s Disney Princess phase. Then came the Dad, rigid and traditional, with masculine, double-breasted silhouettes, and practical Sherlock Holmes patterns of grey check and brown tablecloth gingham. Mum appeared through signature Baum und Pferdgarten floral patterns, oversized cosy knitwear and quilted, bike-friendly outerwear. Think it sounds boring, think again!!
Baum und Pferdgarten explored current trends in ways we have not come across before. The equine elements, like caramel brown corduroy and round saddle bags were there in all their glory, paired with high suede cowboy boots for Canadian-esque authenticity. Silks printed with natural landscapes of moors, meadows, and mountains appeared on their own, but also as unexpected additions to turn-ups and blazers. The collection also paraphrased the omni-present jungle hat trend, into a more floppy design, which depending on the fabric and print, looked witchy, cowboy-like and Buckingham Palace garden party appropriate all at the same time.
This Autumn/Winter collection, with all its’ eclecticism and borrowings from so many different styles, is almost impossible to summarise. The clothes and the setting in which we got to see them, sparked a sense of Mustang Valley wilderness, contrasted with preppy patterns and redefined elegance. Through the prisms of Danish hygge and uniform practicality, we saw sun-drenched California, rainy Oxford and possibly even more that we can’t put a label on. If this ingenious, effortless sense of style is passed through generations in the Baum und Pferdgarten family, then we’d like to be adopted, please?
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