It’s an exciting time for Ostwald Helgason! Not only will Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason partake in New York Fashion Week this season with their first-ever runway show (slotted: Saturday, February 8), they have also partnered with Aldo Rise (for the second time!) on a new accessories line in conjunction with their fall/winter 2014 collection. “Susanne and Ingvar consistently push the boundaries of creativity; there’s a confidence in their ability to balance color, texture, pattern and clean shapes. It’s an artful science,” said Aldo’s Creative Director Douglas Bensadoun in a statement. “We’re honored to be part of their first runway show, and it’s precisely why we started the Aldo Rise program—to support talented designers as they take their craft to the next level.”
Indeed, since its inception, the Aldo Rise program has recognized and celebrated fresh talent (we’ve previously named Ostwald Helgason as one of the top designers to watch), as evidenced with its history of successful collaborations. And really, what’s an outfit without the right accessories? In Ostwald Helgason’s case, the shoes even influenced the clothes. “Footwear especially, made us consider things like hemlines and how a certain shape or height of a shoe can impact the length of a skirt or trouser,” Ostwald said. As for the design, Ostwald explained they were inspired by “the impossible amalgamation” of two very different artists’ works—German conceptualist Joseph Beuys and American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein—and combined textiles to reflect that almost-discordant aesthetic, like felt with poppy leathers and vinyls, or shine with matte.
We’re counting down the days (just two more) until we can see the full Ostwald Helgason x Aldo Rise collection in action. But in the meantime, get your fix with the preliminary sketches above and a gallery of our favorite Aldo moments.