EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk has been covering Haute Couture at Paris Fashion Week and attended the latest collection show from designer Ilja Visser. Ilja Visser has shown her newest collection, Ingenium Existere, in the garden of the Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, during the Haute Couture Week. For the Fall Winter 15/16 collection, ILJA has explored the forms of basic geometry, which together, shape our reality.
‘Ingenium’ means ‘engineering’ and ‘existere’ means ‘existing’ or ‘existence’. All forms convey their own patterns, and they are all made up of the same shapes, configurations, and logic. The elements, in which ILJA chooses to engineer her couture, are a mix of nostalgic techniques, poetic silhouettes and the nonchalant attitude of its hometown: Amsterdam. Ingenium Existere’s silhouettes are sculpted in clean-cut panels that are constructed into poetic feminine volumes with an edgy, strong attitude.
Materials are sculpting, heavy and clean-cut as well as vibrant, transparent and dreamy. Sculpted duchesse denim-inspired jumpsuits, sharp sateen hexagon shaped pockets, chunky vibrant knits embellished with copper cubes, bright melee jacquards in clean, edgy volumes combined with azurite square panels in heavy silk cotton sateen. Colors range from deep azurite blues, rose quarts pinks, onyx blacks, tiger-eye copper/browns and chrome silver greys.
ILJA’s inspirations for her Fall Winter 15/16 collection come from the 90s denim look with cargo-pants, oversized jackets and baggy dungarees as well as the New Look from Dior’s 1947 massive couture impact. Because of the clean cuts and sharp shapes, the overall look also becomes a peek into the future with a wink to Metropolis.
The Dutch fashion designer, Ilja Visser, began her career in fashion at the School of arts, ‘Artez’, in Arnhem. During her study in ‘Fashion Design’, she went on to do an internship at Donna Karan and Maria Cornejo in New York, where she discovered her own aesthetic. In 2009, she created her own fashion house on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, under the name Ilja Visser Group. In 2013, Visser debuted her label ILJA for Haute Couture Week in Paris with a show from her Ikebana collection. The first fashion show was shown in July 2014 in the Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, during the Paris Haute Couture week where the LUMINA collection was presented.
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