Every month we give you an update and a little more insight on what is going on in the Hellen van Rees atelier.
This month we sent the AW’15 ‘Around The Block’ collection to the various stockists. Apart from the sample collection, the production of the ordered items is also handmade in the atelier.
Around The Block is loosely inspired by the iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams, with raw organic effects and Hellen’s signature usage of yarns upon layers of wool or silk. The glossy parts of the collection refer to the work of Russian constructivist painter Malevic. A contemporary strong woman reflects in the collection but at the same time its straight forward and wearable because of their simple shape. Loose silk shirts, slightly structured wool tops, elegant wrap and pencil skirts and easy dresses.
The yarns are made of a mix of production remnants. This is combined with various organic textiles and to add a contrasting texture, a silicone coating here and there. The processes are quite specific and sometimes labor intensive, so it’s important to us too keep the production of the garments close by, to make sure everything looks the way it should.
In the video below you see the making of a heat fused yarn top by Hellen van Rees herself, speeded up to make it a bit more interesting!
Next month, we’ll give a bit more insight into the brand new Spring / Summer ’16 collection and the photo shoot and presentations in London and Milan!