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For Autumn/Winter 2013, Julie Eilenberger has found inspiration in the strict lines of brutalist architecture, bubble housing from the 60s, the architect and urbanist Le Corbusier and the tension between nostalgia and futurism. The collection embodies minimalism and industrialism, with structural shapes on woollen dust coats and architectural, dynamic lines on dresses with sharp V-necks and strong colour blocking. The modern, uncomplicated forms perfectly highlight the sculptured, tactile tailoring. A palette of forest khaki, dark navy and industrial grey is interrupted by pops of ice cream pink and arctic blue. Robust and heavy materials such as lambswool and Melton bring warmth and depth to the collection, while soft textiles like silk and lace add to it’s distinctive appeal. Always fascinated by the past and the future, Julie has based her collection on nostalgia and old memories and contrasted them with a sense of futurism and it’s modern elements and shapes. For the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, she has been particularly inspired by urban spaces like the Barbican in London, which was designed in the 50s as a modern and residential utopia. Today, its bombastic concrete buidings and green spaces invoke sci-fi movies from the 60s, when visions of the future were still mysterious and melalancholic. Reality has since caught up with futurism, turning it into a bygone era. This is the very balance Julie explores in this collection.
About the Designer
Julie is based in London, United Kingdom. She studied at Universität der Künste Berlin and graduated in 2011.
Womenswear brand Julie Eilenberger was founded in London in 2012.
Julie grew up in the Danish countryside in a creative environment. Her father being a music obsessed photographer and her mother a graphic designer, she was raised with art and design being a natural influence of everyday life. As a child she was taken to the opera and art galleries by her mother and exotic trips around the world where visiting local flea markets and picking out eccentric garments was part of the routines.
At age 18 Julie moved to Florence, Italy, where she studied Art and Costume history before being accepted into fashion design at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Throughout her degree she attained international exposure and interest for all of her collections. Graduating with highest honors in Fashion Design in 2011 under designer and professor Stephan Schneider Julie moved to London to gain work experience at Christopher Kane.
Since, Julie has founded her own label based in east London.
Signature design attributes of the label is the constant play with structure and contrasting materials and the hidden use of irony and nostalgia. She uses a mix of traditional and modern elements to play with boundaries and to search for the unusual. Julie works in an open and playful manner often taking inspiration from growing up and her teenage years. Years of constant change, awkwardness and a curious search for womanhood and identity.