"My inspiration for the season was a beautiful feather," explains Steinunn about her Spring 2009 collection of unique, couture-quality designs which incorporate the work of Icelandic artisans and craftspeople along with elements of the local scenery.
Rather than a typical runway presentation which is chaotic, over in 10 minutes, and more about the front row rather than the actual clothes, Steinunn chose a more intimate approach: a static display of mannequins - both living and not. Fashionistas were able to interact with the clothes by touching the fabrics and better able to appreciate the handcrafted details, including a fringe fashioned from hollow tubes of fabric and a feather "sun" print. "We were trying to emulate what a feather does, and we also picked featherweight fabrics."
The bold reds in the collection were inspired by a unique lava formation in Iceland dubbed Big Ugly Lake, which is ringed in a striking shade of crimson set against rich neutrals uncovered by the snow melt. "When the snow finally recedes in early spring, what we see is ground made of dark, mineral-rich frozen lava...There is a point in the day when the sea and sky merge into one soft, muted shade. That color is so beautiful and fleeting, I wanted to capture it. Iceland is always with me, wherever I go."
- Lesley Scott
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