A Fantastically Demented Collection

The Josefin Strid show began with shirts and skirts so cleanly cut and non-descript that the word “Amish” came to mind. It was a parade of beige and camel so simple, it was practically seamless. There wasn’t a single high heel in sight, and the models flirted with the word “doughty,” but that was before Josefin Strid turned everything inside out with a pair of beautiful red knickers.

Blood was everywhere. In the beginning, it was a thin red belt symbolizing narrow slices in flesh, followed by a few waistbands in red grosgrain — hinting only slightly at the violence within the collection.

I was kneeling on the ground with my camera and saw that the stockings of at least one of the models had a long red scar up the inside of one leg.

Slowly, the Amish feel slipped away as Josefin began sending more skin down the runway in sheer trousers, sliced-up shirts and cut-away skirts.

A backless skirt revealed elegantly sexy red satin briefs, and barely-there sweater dresses were mere window dressings for blood-red bras. But bare skin wasn’t a seduction here. Josefin Strid wasn’t selling sex as so many designers do. No, with her Autumn/ Winter collection, Josefin was giving us an uncomfortable violence.

It wasn’t easy, but it was smart, and it was daring, and I loved it.

In nine days, I have an appointment to see the collection up close, try it on and order it custom fit. I have three words for you:




One Comment

  1. Crystal
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous photos and a stunning collection!

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