Esther Perbandt AW 14/15
Happy 10th birthday Esther Perbandt!
Esther Perbandt celebrated her 10th Anniversary at the Volksbühne in Berlin. An interesting show with friends, family, celebrities and models walking down the runway. Impressive.
The show begins. The curtain goes up and only the faces of the choir are enlightened. They are dressed in black and in the typical “Esther Perbandt haircut”. A further group of people is also on the stage, but who they really are, is not to recognizeable. The chorus begins with an acoustic liner, combined with animal noises. Suddenly, the light falls on a person in fetal position. He stands up. The performance begins. Rhythmic movements. Improvised. Staged.
The light comes on. The electronic music begins. The group of people turns out to be photographers that are positioned at the end of the catwalk. They are a part of the production. The flashbulbs sets in, but who do they actually shoot? The show? The audience? Me? The stage and the audience suddenly becomes one. The first model enters the stage. Let the show start.
Esther is a true talent, she has always stayed true to her vision, keeping the signature recognisable and the collections cohesive, but still innovative. Every season there is something new, whether it’s a new cut, layering or a complex draping, it still is authentic. And even though the design and the techniques are complex; she manages to create pieces that are wearable and in the fine line between commercial and avant-garde, and the complete look is totally effortless and sexy.
Her AW 14/15 collection Grotesque, goes in black, grey and white. Asymmetric cuts combined with sexy bare backs and tall boots. Leather mixed with silk and wool, makes a great combination of materials.