‘Shiny Void’ was the theme for Augustin Teboul’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which was presented in Berlin on July 10th as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The Franco-German duo, Annelie Augustin and Odély Teboul, stood by their signature black mark for this collection, embellishing pieces with an intricate crisscross of silk, leather and crochet. Rough, yet seemingly fragile pieces, connected opposing forces, with details like refined fabric panels, which were inset in perfectly tailored leather pieces. Long draped jackets, bustiers, leather hotpants, webbed leggings, ornamented visors and motorcycle gloves fused sport with a galactic beat. Swarovski crystals gave each piece a subtle hint of bling that left a disorienting, albeit decadent, couture polish.
The presentation was staged at Gallery Judin, just off Potsdamer Strasse, which in itself breathes a disorienting mashup of East and West Berlin, providing an interesting political slant on the collection’s parallel universe motif. The collection was divided into two augmented stages in the gallery’s adjoining rooms and the models’ walk was choreographed like a triangular-shaped diagram which also seemed to deflect the crowd through two opposing realms. Offset by the distinctly subtle pattern of interchanging lights, musicians Dylan Warn and Owen Roberts doused the presentation with a sheen of surrealism, which interwove the sound of a live saxophone and mixer into the show’s stellar pulse.
Words / Katherine Koniecki