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TRINHBECX shows convincing looks at MBFWA

Design duo's show proves that more is also better

After two highly acclaimed Transformatorhuis shows at previous editions of MBFWA, Arnhem-based fashion team TRINHBECX were ready for the main Gashouder stage. The designers' signature is clear in their latest collection, but they’ve still managed to top themselves by elaborating on that style even further.

TRINHBECX, famous for their daring colour palettes, opened with several looks that run contrary to that reputation. But it's these white designs that demonstrate how well thought out these designs are. But more on that later. The lighter looks were quickly joined by strong counterparts in apple green, crystal blue, bright purple, and cherry red, one look per colour, that again proved the duo's highly regarded skill when it comes to colour.

Lacquered jackets

The statement jackets were another recognisable element, often in gorgeous, lacquered material – a high point of the collection. And the matching oversized bags made the audience's mouths water. The runway itself was also a visual high point; the rectangular frames wrapped in plastic against the white runway made for a tranquil scene. Luc Aarts' shoes complemented the designers' looks.

Sensuele inkijkjes

The design duo took their inspiration for this spring/summer 2018 collection from the Beast-and-Flower Pictures photo series by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, who is famed for his photos of women and flowers, as well as for exploring themes like life, death, and sex. This specific series revolves around the positive feeling that comes from nostalgia. The designers were fascinated by Araki's work, especially his subject matter and use of colour. They transformed the organic, sensual floral shapes into cocoon-like designs that were put together using simple button techniques, creating surprising volumes and sensual, peek-a-boo cutouts.

Contrasting shapes, made by playing with composition and deconstruction, gave an ever-fascinating overall impression. Indeed, Trinh and Becx leaned into the tension between making functional looks and designs full of their own fantasies. The result was a success, because some of their pieces were insanely tempting. Now all that's left is to wait until the team takes those pieces into production. 

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