Baum und Pferdgarten
Pre-Autumn 2021: The Local Escape

Inspired by photographer Trine Søndergaard’s portraits of modern women dressed in historical folk costumes from the Danish west coast, the Baum und Pferdgarten Pre-Autumn 2021 collection focuses on local traditional craft and layering pieces to protect from outdoor-life as high summer transitions into autumn.

Trine Søndergaard is famous for her intimate portraits, as well as images of deserted interiors and landscapes. At first glance her images all convey a quiet harmony and share a subtle tactility, but under the surface there is also great drama. They examine the relationship between both culture and nature as well as the bond between the past and the present. One of her series depicts modern Danish women from Fanø, wearing the island’s historic ‘Strude’ folk costume. Originally designed to protect working women from the elements, these folk costumes are both delicate and powerful. Their layered silhouettes reflect the unpredictable weather of the island and its changing seasons; they were designed to be worn all year round. This became the starting point for the creative team at Baum und Pferdgarten that was forced to find local inspiration for a collection designed during lockdown.

The compositions of print and colour in the collection are a reflection of the traditional costumes. Miniscule floral scarf prints and geometrical jacquards are blown up and updated with bold colour combinations of mustard, brown, and khaki or raspberry, pink, and red. Small imperfections have been incorporated to add to
the handmade feel as seen in a bold take on graphic polka dots, found on feminine dresses and tops. Contemporary staples come in classic plaid as well as multiple takes on stripes – pinstripes, Breton stripes, pyjama stripes, or as a sporty embellishment. The quintessential Baum und Pferdgarten monogram adds an athletic touch to mesh and heavy nylon pieces while still resembling a subtle polka dot. The monogrammed nylon pieces include a dressy pleated skirt, casual menswear-inspired shorts as well as two transeasonal layering pieces; an easy car coat and a versatile college jacket – both with a puffy ‘Peter Pan’ collar.

Tactile and textured surfaces reference the handcrafted techniques behind the folk costumes. Crochet knits come in various interpretations such as a handmade statement vest that combines decorative folk-inspired motifs in shades of blue and cream with a touch of pink. A washed down blue jacquard resembles a denim patchwork and comes in effortless styles including a round cut midi-length skirt, an oversized tunic, and a comfy statement coat. Black sheer organza with accents of fluorescent green completes the collage of intricate fabrics with a range of feminine pieces including a baby-doll dress with ruffled straps.

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