Barbara I Gongini’s SS16 collection was an experimental take on Nordic garments for men and women, deconstructing and reworking wardrobe staples and taking a conceptual approach to fashion.
The collection was decidedly dark and moody for spring/summer, with the colour palette made up of greys, blacks and black-and-white prison stripes, and the designs having more than a hint of ‘90s grunge. Silhouettes were long, layered and elongated; knits were stretched and threadbare; and leggings came ripped and worn with heavy sliders or Dr.Marten-style boots.
A reference to nature was made throughout this collection, with the designer’s upbringing in the Faroe Islands being a clear inspiration. Tunics, dresses and deconstructed coats were dark and rugged, just like the islands’ shorelines, while contrasting fabrics paid homage to their dramatic landscapes.
As with many of BARBARA I GONGINI’s collections, this was one that married art with fashion. It blurred the boundaries between form and function seamlessly, and gave a new meaning to the term Nordic noir.
Words by Angharad Jones