Anne Sofie Madsen presented her new collection for spring and summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week. Hues of silver, gold, black, and beige were thrown over silky fabrics and decorated with silver chains and jewelry. The new line featured pencil skirts, appearing to be made from shirt material, that buttoned up the waist to sit at a high-rise. She also threw in some slacks to create a business casual theme.
In contrast were styles that would be seen outside of office hours, at business functions and social outings. Short, tight dresses emerged with sewn-in statement sleeves that puffed out and contrast the tight bottom that cut just halfway down the models’ thighs.
The use of both male and female models exhibited Anne Sofie Madsen’s menswear and womenswear collections. Shoe styles ranged from walking boot-like velcro sneakers to dainty heels. A pair of balletic lace-up heels had the designer’s name printed across the straps.
The essential look in this line would be the sheer and clear long-sleeve sheath dress adorned with tan pompom, tassel-like decorations. This look was accessorized with white-rimmed lab goggle-like eyewear and paper clip-shaped earrings that dangled down to the model’s shoulders.
The 2018 collection showed how Anne Sofie Madsen likes to take something abstract and pin it on a clothing design. Tassel spheres and 3D flowers popped off several of the items that came down the runway. She strives to make her wearers appear inviting yet out of reach, ladylike yet streetwise. Anne Sofie Madsen’s 2018 collection lives up to these intentions by featuring sophisticated business fashions that are contrasted by provocative little dresses.
Madsen came straight out of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 to train in Paris under John Galliano. She is not new to Paris Fashion Week, let alone haute couture. Her first fashion show was in 2014 at Paris Ready-to-Wear Fashion Week and has been showing there ever since. She has even popped over to other countries for fashion weeks in London, Tokyo, Kiev, Saint Petersburg, Milan, and Copenhagen. Popping up internationally, this designer offers styles that are both ready-to-wear and/or made-to-order.
Anne Sofie Madsen keeps her toes pointed, always ready to stick to her traditional designs and inspirations. European, fantastical, ballerina looks have sprung out from her design house since her debut. However, some elements must be changed up from season to season to keep the designer’s name fresh. Models were presented so that each look played off the last, making the show flow as if in story formation. Before handing over the designs to her production team, Anne Sofie Madsen left her mark in different trims on each style. From ballet shoe ribbon to trench coat trim, her name was stamped on black and bold.
Born and raised in Denmark and debuting her label in London during the year 2012, Anne Sofie Madsen has been rising quickly through the ranks. Not too long after she received her degree, she became a junior designer for Alexander McQueen. She takes inspiration from all of the locations she has designed and that her designs have popped up. In previous years, her designs have mimicked ethereal silhouettes of Japanese and European mythological spirits.
Anne Sofie Madsen strives to construct garments that are wearable and functional, but still appear to have come straight out of a fantasy world. The new line that breezed over Carrousel du Louvre was an accomplished mission for Anne Sofie Madsen in that regard.
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