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Ajbilou | Rosdorff shows a fresh, sophisticated collection

Their latest collection was also made from remnant fabric

Design duo Yasmina Ajbilou and Lynn-Kate Rosdorff have just celebrated their second appearance at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. Since showing their zero-waste collection last January, they've gained an enthusiastic following around their vision for solving the clothing waste problem. For this team, zero waste means that they only use remnant fabrics in their collections. Their second collection, made for everyone and thus dubbed human wear, is made exclusively of leftover material.

The first thing you notice as the first model hits the runway is the level of detailing as compared to their first collection. It was evident in the many threads and strands, the embroidered pieces, and the knotted-looking fabrics. The label's name is also clear in the details, now, too. Where before the name was explicit in the designs, its now been more subtly incorporated, sometimes embroidered on a hat, sometimes emblazoned on a shirt. In terms of colour, the duo has gotten more daring; the foundation is still pastels, but green, pink, and yellow pieces give the entire collection a fresher feel. Speaking of which, this collection itself feels like a complete story. The headwear, made by Ruud Antonie, is a lovely addition that gives the looks a unique twist. The beauty looks were also complementary, particularly the pink make-up juxtaposed against the wet-look eye make-up and dry powder on the arms.

"Throwing things away isn't a solution. It's a problem, and we're offering the solution"

Zero waste

The textile industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, which is why Ajbilou | Rosdorff have focused their work on zero waste. The brand wants to prove that there's an alternative solution to this problem. The duo believes that beautiful designs can simultaneously make a sustainable change for the planet. The designers were inspired by different places and cultures, and they want to use their clothes to bring everything and everyone together.

The beauty of remnants

In terms of what kind of fabrics they use for their designs, Ajbilou | Rosdorff only uses remnants from other designers or used clothes. They see their work not only as a sustainable product, but also as an art form in which they turn leftover materials into good, purposeful design. The label doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a 'green fashion label', but they want to show people the beauty of these allegedly 'worthless' fabrics. "Throwing things away isn't a solution. It's a problem, and we're offering the solution," says Ajbilou | Rosdorff.

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