Anne Sofie Madsen explored the oddity of artifacts of unknown provenance in a fall collection fit for a museum — albeit one existing centuries from now. Projecting this outlook on today’s trends and her previous work, she tapped the ruffles, tailored outerwear and construction that are her forte. Paper winklepickers cobbled together with silver gaffer tape — inspired by a sculpture by Danish artist Esben Weile Kjær — and lab glasses on most models compounded the futuristic vibe.
Underneath the flourishes, however, was some very wearable sportswear, which pushed a quilted bustier worn over trousers paired with a peasant blouse or a ruffled high neck dress firmly out of the folklore slot. Elsewhere, it added volume and toughness to a tan trench coat and a fitted leather biker jacket. By pulling back from the deconstruction that characterized her earlier work, Madsen cleared away the clutter for a result that was familiar, but better.