A Journey That Wasn't
Antarctica. A fierce, raw, and lonely place. For most, it’s un¬known territory-–and new islands constantly emerge as the ice melts and changes the environment. Mainly inspired by the namesake video installation by French artist Pierre Huyghe, A Journey That Wasn't is the dystopic AW14-collection by Anne Sofie Madsen. Huyghe takes the viewer on a journey from Antarctica, where he searches for a rare albino penguin and through new unknown territory, to Central Park in New York City. Humankind’s simultaneous destruction of nature and yearning for Utopia, for the wild nature, and the fast, mechan¬ic pace of the city is central to the collection and the use of technique. There’s a big focus on form and surfaces as silk, microfibers, cotton, and neoprene are contrast¬ed with metallic D-rings, chains, and thick leathers developed by Anne Sofie Madsen and ECCO. Blue, black, and white leathers have been treated to look like icebergs, while pieces in fox, mink, shaved mink, and fin racoon from Kopenhagen Fur are netted on the inside to give a sporty feel. Prints have been made on the basis of the leathers mixed with surfaces from trees. Washed, bleached denim with frayed edges add to the late nineties feel and the millennium-fear of the de¬cade. Handmade silver accessories by jewellery designer Trine Tuxen and helmets with fur by milliner Soren Bach complete the collection.