For all those women who suffer from a sensible terror of textiles that so often dominate Spring/Summer collections, Anja Austa’s current collection might offer an alternative. Monochromatic without being austere, Anja Austa has produced a collection of floating gauze-like silhouettes that offer the flattering and practical possibilities of a classical drapery.
With dresses that allude to the classic Greek chiton –as much as to Hollywood’s take on it; think Grace Kelly- the collection is characterized by beautifully folded and tucked fabrics, literally pulled together by tendril-like belts, trailing details and nets of detailed straps. Think of a contemporary Diana the Huntress, free to roam in all her glory under a full moon, whether it be through a tranquil woodland or a chic urban setting.
Anja Austa – the label of German designer Anja Schwerbrock- has built a steady cult following. Despite impeccable credentials for a training usually noted for producing designers of a provocative bent, Anja Austa has instead developed a signature for putting all her couture know-how into an understated and pragmatic approach. The impact of the aesthetic is often achieved through the almost invisible magic of cutting and small details. It’s easy to see why she has a faithful following of fashion-conscious professional women with busy schedules who want to look good quickly.