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I could not let the Ostwald Helgason S/S 09 collection go–they’re getting into their stockist stride, given that they are now available at Beyond the Valley and Kokon to Zai in Portobello.

As always, Ballet Russes is their source of inspiration and for S/S 09 they have chosen Les Noces (The Wedding) as their focal point.  Look closely at the pieces and you will find old Russian portrait photographs hidden amongst the prints and revealing themselves to you in different ways (enlarge the pics to get a better idea).

They have also done a play on matrushka little-big proportions by making pieces look both fitted and oversized all at once (the check jacket below is a good example).  Though they have taken Russian folk garments as inspiration, I’m glad that it is the prints and the colours they have used and not the shapes, since they have kept everything really sharply cut in a way I have not seen them do before.

The excitement over the Ballet Russes exhibition in 2010 continues…