July 24, 2012
The winter 12/13, Sofie D’Hoore places renewed emphasis upon the dress as the epitome of effortless dressing.This season, silk comes to the fore in a group of dresses that work equally well for day or evening.Lightweight, fluid silk has been worked into a range of simple, feminine styles, whilst another group has been cut to emphasize the natural volume provided by a heavier weight Shantung silk.The Shantung garments feature an exclusive print, reminiscent of reflections, or tiny flashes of light in a darkened city, that was designed for Sofie D’Hoore by an artist in Bologna.
Cotton, in a new heavier weight satin finish, and wool crêpe, also feature in a series of A-line shift dresses and skirts.
A new fabric is premiered this season: double-faced cashmere. The result of a collaboration with one of the few remaining textile specialists still able to produce this exquisite fabric, Sofie D’Hoore has used it to create an ensemble of garments that, like couture, have been entirely handcrafted. The sophisticated cut and couture techniques used in these garments make them the epitome of
modern elegance and luxury. The dresses find their ideal complement in a group of reversible boleros and longer coats in soft
lambskin. Finished with new, oversize faux tortoise shell press-studs sewn on like buttons, these garments elevate the very natural qualities of sheepskin to a luxurious new level whereby it could,
at first glance, be perceived as a more precious fur. This play on contrasts, between silk and wool and between masculine and feminine, for example, gives rise to endless possibilities: dresses can
be combined with toning or contrasting cashmere cardigans, belted or worn loose, matched with heels or robust flats, or paired with boleros and gloves for a fresh contemporary feel. With echoes
of 60s couture, the designer has created a collection that is both highly distinctive but open to endless personal interpretation.