I was recently in touch with London based designer Asger Juel Larsen. His clothes ticked all of my aesthetics, and he kindly sent me a visually intoxicating lookbook of the recent collection, with a story behind it that could have been found on a military scroll from a fantasy war.
As a logic continuation and self-constituting element, Asger evolves his sci-fi scenario for Autumn/Winter 2010. In this chapter, the hero is confronted with the raw industrial architecture of a future past where cables, tubes, shafts and elevators pervading the building like bones and veins.
Synthetic rubber, PVC, lame, neoprene and quilted leather build the delicate surface of defense. Contrasting this is expensive and soothing materials such as cashmere wool, thick wool silk cotton and soft lamb leather. The silhouette of the twenty piece collection is wide and stretched in outer layers but tightly fitted at the body with knitted tops and second-skin trousers. Exaggerated lapels, contrasting collars, cuffs and hems in green leather add to the dramatic comic-esque feel.
I personally find that there’s marriage between military and romantic styles, where the model looks like a fragile fairytale character that misted out of an eery lake in futuristic army boots. The material shines so darkly that it begins to resemble electric tar. Cardigans seem to waterfall down so effortlessly, with snoods that hang and drape like shadowed seaweed. The jacket stands as the titanic impact and strength of the collection, with scale-like armor on the shoulder and sleeves. It looks heavy and metalic, but with a sense of movement still evident and alive. The mesh top is a maze of torn and distressed black, with shredding so intricate it practically melts away into the models bare chest. It could be mistaken for gothic coral, truely magical to the eye. The jeans are a particular highlight for me, with wires delicately veined around them, exuding an Edward Scissorhands aesthetic. The collection is futuristic with an androgynous military innocence, and I urge you all to enter the android world of Asger through his site.