I’ VR ISABEL VOLLRATH
Lauded for her strong sculptural design-language, I’VR ISABEL VOLLRATH’s creations straddle the divide between fine art and haute couture, resulting in an arresting aesthetic equally suitable for the red carpet, as for the ballet stage.
For her SS 22 collection, she transformed Kraftwerk Berlin into a shimmering jungle clearing, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the rainforest and dry twigs snapping under prowling feet.
Titled Tiger & Venus, Vollrath’s new collection draws inspiration from nature and the animal kingdom, and is the result of a long-standing friendship with freelance textile designer Almut Warttinger. “With delicate brushstrokes and digital “fine-tuning”, Almut developed my exclusive, dream-utopian tropical forest—a frenzy of colours and animal motifs,” the designer states.
Vollrath’s vision translated into luxurious sustainable fabrics with bold exotic prints in 50 shades of green and crimson, along with an inverted black/white jungle print. An effortlessly feminine silhouette was the order of the day, where a lush cavalcade of sweeping couture gowns paved the way for exquisitely tailored jackets, sculptured shoulders and everyday coats and trousers with relaxed pockets. In between, of course, the occasional stand-up collar and bow detailing—precision work at its finest.
“It is my first runway show at Kraftwerk Berlin, supported by the Berlin Senate for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and MBFW. I am beyond thankful for this experience,” she says.
Words by: CC Borjeson