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Henrik Vibskov

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FUTURISTIC OPTIMIST

Milan: Known for creating “worlds” on his runways, Scandinavian designer Henrik Vibskov often places his designs in relationship to a fictional environment. Vibskov’s latest world seemed to be set at a time in the future when humans will need protection from the earth’s elements. The clothes were ultra-modern, but silhouettes were softer than expected for futuristic styles. Draped, fluid looks were accessorized with protective goggles and padded headwear. But despite the collection’s man versus nature theme, the clothes read optimistically. Clad in cheery colors, youthful one-pieces, and tomboy stripes, the models looked playful and naive. A pieced and printed bomber jacket felt crafty-sporty, and kid-like color-blocked knee socks complemented a layered leotard look. A waterproof anorak featured a bright camouflage print, and rainbow-colored fringe trimmed a pair of yellow pants. While some of the accessories and design details may have been on the theatrical side, there were wearable items found layered within each outfit. A shirtdress that cinched at the waist could be incorporated into most wardrobes, and a striped boyfriend cardigan was commercial enough for a Junior-appropriate store at the mall. At once edgy and lighthearted, the clothes were innovative, and a refreshing departure from the kind of hard-edge futuristic looks that we’re used to seeing.

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