Looking at Malene Oddershede Bach’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, it’s easy to see how the designer’s time at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi has soldered its influence to her design style. Preen is a master of print and Oddershede has followed this aesthetical direction, spinning prints in silk and working with American photographer, Nicholas Velasquez, whose use of classic film techniques captures nature and city scenes in the same frame.
An explosion of colour, intricate prints cling to elegant, modestly-cut dresses, tops and skirts: allowing the prints to take centre stage. As far as colour goes, it’s all sumptuously bright; rich greens and wine reds, a yellow that makes you blink like you’re looking at the sun, and a dashing of blue hues blend together for a kaleidoscopic effect. There is the sensation of falling into a prism when looking at the collection.
There are cute collars and cut outs lending a playful touch to the pieces, while modern, bulkier shapes give versatility. This focus on appealing to every style is further showcased through masculine tailoring, with highlights including a sleek suit in a festive red: an un-buttoned print shirt lying seductively underneath.
Modern, clean pieces of refreshing simplicity tumble away from the madness of colour, with oriental hints in the tailoring as well as black coming into play at points, a stark contrast that makes the collection all the more wearable.
Written by Daniella Golden. Images © Malene Oddershede Bach.