January 18 2022 – Mercantile London
For the Pre 2022 collection Baum und Pferdgarten approaches the two worlds of art and sport from a Finnish viewpoint, exploring the work of Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck, and Formula 1, the unofficial national sport of Finland.
Schjerfbeck, who gained international recognition in the 1910s and 1920s, is known for her tactile paintings, outstanding use of colour, and her focus on womanhood. Formula 1, with its graphic block colours and smooth slick surfaces that evoke the aesthetics of the 1980s & 1990s, represents the ultimate expression of masculinity.
The collection combines functional sportswear with feminine fashion, expressing a sense of polarity; pragmatism versus preciousness. The colour palette merges the subtle intricacy of Schjerfbeck’s paintings with bold strokes from the world of Formula 1. An understated scale of black and dark blues softens into dusty light blues and lavender which fade into powder pink, taupe, ecru, and crisp white. This calm base is injected with brighter scales of yellow, green, and purple, just like Schjerfbeck’s paintings.
The era of Schjerfbeck also influences the silhouettes of feminine dresses and blouses in the collection. These romantic dresses come in strong graphic prints, adding a modern twist. Graphic racing stripes and checkerboards serve as the ultimate Formula 1 references. Numerous interpretations of the quintessential black and white are featured on body conscious styles in mesh and boxy silhouettes in heavy jacquard knit. A statement jumper in a soft alpaca blend features an
unexpected version of the classic checkerboard in cream and acid green and a standout oversized faux shearling car coat appears in both blue and black.
Shop Baum Und Pferdgarten Pre and Summer 22 here