Cruise 2017 „BOTANIA“
In the Cruise 2017 Collection “BOTANIA”, Tim Labenda plays with organic surfaces inspired by The Oasis of Matisse. In doing so, he picks up on the typical elements of a Cruise Collection and reinterprets them. This results in, for example, a bathing suit enhanced with wool elements attached by means of a carpet-weaving technique.
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The main inspiration for the collection comes from Matisse. He developed different paper silhouettes depicting palm leaves as well as other tropical plants and animals for his works in the exhibition “The Oasis of Matisse”. Tim Labenda incorporates these shapes with a contemporary spirit and his own organic design language. In doing so, the edges of the shapes become blurred, dissolve in the fur or merge into one as a unique work of art.
The silhouettes are as weighty and full of movement as ever. For the material selection, the focus is on the use of wool as well as lightly flowing, pre-summer fabrics. As always, Tim Labenda plays with different structures, transparencies and the various feels of the materials to bring the collection to life.
This collection is also characterised by excellent craftsmanship. The knits, for example, are woven, braided and crocheted by hand and the Matisse silhouettes are worked into the material with a carpet-weaving technique. The crystal fragments in Matisse shapes - which were created in collaboration with Swarovski - that adorn the fake fur made of 100% Australian merino wool are also attached to the material by hand.
A/W Collection 2016 „RUMPUS“
The A/W Collection 2016 „RUMPUS“ is inspired by the picture book „Where The Wild Things Are“ from Maurice Sendak.
It deals with the desire to be a child again and to give the childlike naivety towards that is often lost at the age. The result was a collection that comes alive, exciting and wild, veiled, but at the same time taming and that cited on the material language the Wild Things Are.
The colorful and childlike color palette of burnt orange and sea green is broken and reassured by various shades of blue, black and grays. Here are patterns, stripes and a dynamic mix of materials in the foreground. Hairy encounters smooth, stiff to fluid and transparent.
The fundament of the TIM LABENDA women collection is still based on the classical gentlemen’s tailoring, fit and quality of the fabrics as well as the perfect craftsmanship. Building on of this, Tim plays with the silhouettes and cutting lines to create an elegant, effortless and self-evident look.
The 2016 Collection WANDERLUST deals with the restlessness and flexibility of today’s society. Fulfilled with the desire of change and development and also driven by opportunities that could wait anywhere at any time, people request local unboundness.
Inspired by nomads, people on the tramp and travelers in general, a collection occurred, that invites you with overloaded pockets to carry all your belongings on the body. The sensation of freedom paired with the feeling of having no ballast in form of property, and the possibility to carry all your belongings with yourself, was the idea that Tim wanted to illustrate within this collection.
It allows you to float totally detached and it also gives you the privilege, to go wherever you want at any time, without worrying about pulling up stakes.
The summery, natural, sandish colour pallet, cut through different shades of blue, is grounded by white and black. It conveys the colour play of the circuitousness of desert and ocean. The different textures and surfaces of the fabrics provide a haptic experience. Linen as major material reflects the airiness and recklessness of the collection. At the same time it assimilates itself perfectly in different facets to the relative silhouettes.
The fundament of the TIM LABENDA women collection is still based on the classical gentlemen’s tailoring, fit and quality of the fabrics as well as the perfect craftsmanship. Building on this, Tim plays with the silhouettes and cutting lines to create an elegant, effortless and self-evident look.