72. Osklen

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Osklen Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Oskar Mes­tavaht called the la­bel’s Spring/ Sum­mer 2015 col­lec­tion ‘ In­ho­tim’ after the es­teemed Brazil­ian con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum in Bru­mad­inho, south­east Brazil. Founded by art col­lec­tor Ber­nado Paz, the mu­seum and gallery sits within a sprawl­ing, 5,000 acre botan­i­cal gar­den de­signed by land­scape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The gar­den, boast­ing two dozen art ‘pav­il­lions’ opened to the pub­lic in 2006 and in­clude works by the likes of Hélio Oiti­cica, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Hirschhorn, Do­minique Gon­za­lez-Fo­er­ster, Steve McQueen, Cildo Meire­les, Tunga and Ly­gia Pape. The gar­dens, some of the scu­pl­tures and the ge­o­desic dome de­signed by Paula Zas­ni­coff Car­doso can all be seen in the beau­ti­ful ‘mak­ing of In­ho­tim’ film linked here; art meets na­ture meets ar­chi­tec­ture to cre­ate Osklen In­hothim. Met­savaht and his team spent four days at the mu­seum dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the range and the con­nec­tion be­tween art, na­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture is pal­pa­ble in the film. The re­sult was seen in Septem­ber 2014 when the col­lec­tion de­buted at New York Fash­ion Week, a clever amal­ga­ma­tion or hard, ar­chi­tec­tural lines and shapes and soft, warm fab­rics and knits. A se­ries of beau­ti­ful flo­ral prints are seen as both a stark shad­owy sil­hou­ette and blos­som­ing botan­i­cal colour, and the va­ri­ety of e-fab­rics, an Osklen sig­na­ture, in­cludes or­ganic silk, dense silk fi­bres and cot­ton knits. The jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween rigid plas­tic skirts and the or­ganic vibe of un­fin­ished hems sums up In­ho­tim per­fectly.

Watch the film: ‘Mak­ing of In­ho­tim’ here:

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