Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New York Fashion Week: Berenik F/W 15

Whispering hauntingly down the runway, Swiss label Berenik showcased a ready-to-wear line of almost androgynous separates at New York City's Designer Loft. 

Inspired by her travels and her life, designer Veronika Brusa instilled something personal that was immediately palpable in this line. In fact, each look radiated a similar feeling of somber strength, which becomes even more clear considering Brusa is a "reserved creator who likes to pull back in order to deeply immerse herself in her work." For me, I sensed that it's a collection that represents both desolation and isolation. 

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Delicate knits in cotton jacquard, wool, silk velour, and lustrous faux furs made up an aesthetically-charged collection--a texture treasure chest, truly. Morose greys, heavy black, metallics, ivory, and skyscraper prints kept this icy line surprisingly fresh and modern. Incorporating images of urban construction and photos of New York within the garments themselves, 

With white grey hair and teased ends and blank faces, models appeared ghostlike or even maybe even futuristic--Snowpiercer, anyone?

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Particularly, the outerwear ruled the show in hooded athletic-inspired jackets, oversized double-breasted blazers, vests, and perfectly cinched trench coats. But, almost the entire collection veered on lux activewear. A far cry from ball gowns, Berenik emphasized the beauty in simplicity, blurring lines between hard and fast rules and expectations. Hence, the soft transition between femininity and masculinity. Berenik represents duality; neither overpowers the other but instead, fluidly interacts.

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In Berenik, there is freedom. Whether it be self-imposed isolation or deprivation, there is something courageous in exploring one's own personal boundaries within the surroundings we're given. I've never been a black or white girl myself. There are more than fifty shades of grey in life and in fashion; Berenik embodies these elegantly and fearlessly. 


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