The Berlin-based fashion label Ottolinger, a collaboration between Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient, began with its Fall-Winter 2016 womenswear collection. The SS’16 line will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London from Sept 21st-22nd, 2015.
Ottolinger’s first collection is stitched together from raw material of recent culture––following a vigorous process of identifying references and reconstructing them into handcraft-intensive garments. The SS ’16 line offers an intricate vision for how clothing identifies. It aspires to an extreme form of beauty that thrives at the often contradictory border between individuality and community. Displaying their scars openly on the outside, several pieces merge displaced forms, finding a fetish in both, the visible rupture of and the salvage of youth culture. Even intact forms are combined with a leveling instinct that ignores their accepted meanings, evading understanding, rendering meaning contingent on context, use, and persona. Ottolinger’s clothing is as flexible as its focus. It brings together different scenes of people active in culture. This philosophy underpins the label’s method of production and extends to everyone who wears its garments.
Ottolinger’s SS’16 lookbook, shot by London based photographer Marlen Keller, features several women who are important forces in the Swiss music scene. These contemporary icons of beauty shape the way that people come together.
Photography Marlen Keller, styling Christa Boesch & Cosima Gadient, Hair Seraina Kraushaar, Makeup Celeste Olavarrio