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Jasmin Santanen, Paris fashion Week, AW2011

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Each collection Jasmin Santanen designs is a chapter of its own: a short story wishing to reach its audience emotionally. The FW 2011 « Lover Her Madly » collection is no exception; honoring the 410th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s « liberation he found in Paris, she easily transcends his intellectual, philosophical and expressive side – often overshadowed by his famous extremist rock star personna – into pieces as edgy and timeless as Morrison himself.

The choice of fabrics, lizard and snake skin patterned velvets made up in skirts, trousers and jackets interpret directly Jim Morrison’s legendary « lizard king » signature look. Bohemian poet blouses with ruffle and lace details contrast the tight fitting notorious leather pants re-creating the rock-dandy spirit in a bold, yet sensitive feminine form.

Classic, beautifully falling soft wool crepe used in dresses, tunics and tops decorated with silk chiffon ribbons reflect the intellectual behind the rock star exterior. The cut outs with organza transparencies mirror the sincere personality of Jim Morrison, a sensistive poet who always remained true to his own spirit.

A more rustic, down to earth dimension is added to the collection throught the use of almost primitively woven fabrics representing the traditional culture of Native Americans and Shamans. Graphic geometrical shapes and poncho inspired wraps are effortlessly revisited in surprisingly modern lines, altogether remaining true to silhouettes of the late 60’s and early 70’s.

Jim Morrison »s fashination with Ancient Greek mythology and the Dionysian god sets the theme for the evening wear. The long, draped chiffon dresses and tunics with a discreet metallic glo bring an austere dimension to the romantic goddess look.

The complexity and multitude of Jim’s spirit is honored throughout the « love her madlyé collection combining sober masculine tailoring with seductive femininity remaining faithful to the independant but delicate Jasmin Santanen woman – in a sophisticated, bohemian and mystical way.

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