Wonderfully worn, this coming season Holzweiler celebrates the garments that we wear year, after year, after year
“We wanted to highlight that there’s something beautiful about the weathered and the worn,” Maria Skappel Holzweiler told Vogue Scandinavia during a collection preview last week. And that is precisely what the Norwegian brand’s autumn/winter 2022 collection conveys. With intentionally distressed detailing, garments buried in dirt, and hand-painted prints, Holzweiler highlights the delicacy of decay. "Like the sunglasses worn throughout. They've been treated to look like salt has crystallised and built up over time," Skappel Holzweiler explains.
Shot during a road trip through the brand’s homeland, with the dramatic landscape of mountains and fjords as the backdrop, the ‘Weathering’ collection comes to life. On the one hand, the collection aims to further spotlight the current climate crises, but, as the head of design explains, in between all this destructive news, there are also heartwarming stories about people coming together. “We’ve paid homage to the volunteers and the firefighters in the bright orange details,” says Skappel Holzweiler. “It’s a nod to the vests they wear.”
This season, the brand’s expanding team has focused on fabric development. As a result, the collection includes innovations like the heat-reactive fabric on a quilted jacket that changes colour when exposed to heat (for example, warm hands). The dedication to responsibility and innovation can also be seen in the showpieces especially made for the presentation. Handmade at the Holzweiler atelier in Oslo, they are upcycled using things that have been found in the Holzweiler archives or deadstock from the local warehouse. A leather jacket from 2018 became a mini-skirt. Old t-shirts? A de-constructed avant-garde dress. To ensure that the pieces will keep giving Holzweiler even more value, all show items will be available to rent post-show. “After all, our message with this collection is that old things are as valuable – if no more valuable – as something brand new,” Skappel Holzweiler says.
See the full collection below: