Austrian Arthur Arbesser, who is among the finalists in the second edition of the LVMH Prize for up-and-coming designers, took attendees at his presentation on an imaginative trip through his native land. The installation featured solely made-in-Austria elements: paintings by contemporary artist Hermann Nitsch decorated the walls as models seated on Austrian-designed chairs listened to a Schubert composition played by an Austrian pianist using an Austrian piano.

The collection also showcased links to the alpine nation, such as a green-and-gray bomber with a faux-fur collar worked in an original Austrian hand-woven loden fabric. A range of looks, including a sweater paired with a pleated skirt and a sharply cut coat and flared pants, featured a colorful graphic pattern inspired by the works of Wien-based artists from the Twenties. Arbesser did embrace a more feminine aesthetic than in past seasons, but he continued a masculine infusion via utilitarian and industrial-inspired elements — especially the comfortable jumpsuits, worked in green silk or soft gray wool and decorated with zips and applied pockets.

By  on February 28, 2015

Austrian Arthur Arbesser, who is among the finalists in the second edition of the LVMH Prize for up-and-coming designers, took attendees at his presentation on an imaginative trip through his native land. The installation featured solely made-in-Austria elements: paintings by contemporary artist Hermann Nitsch decorated the walls as models seated on Austrian-designed chairs listened to a Schubert composition played by an Austrian pianist using an Austrian piano.

The collection also showcased links to the alpine nation, such as a green-and-gray bomber with a faux-fur collar worked in an original Austrian hand-woven loden fabric. A range of looks, including a sweater paired with a pleated skirt and a sharply cut coat and flared pants, featured a colorful graphic pattern inspired by the works of Wien-based artists from the Twenties. Arbesser did embrace a more feminine aesthetic than in past seasons, but he continued a masculine infusion via utilitarian and industrial-inspired elements — especially the comfortable jumpsuits, worked in green silk or soft gray wool and decorated with zips and applied pockets.

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