On a sun drenched autumn evening we visited the studio of Danish designer Julie Eilenberger. Discover the inspirations and style secrets of this well travelled talent with a behind the scenes studio tour and interview here on BENGT.
1.BENGT: WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE AW13 COLLECTION?
The collection is inspired by the strict lines of Brutalist architecture, bubble housing from the 60′s and by the architect and urbanist Le Corbusier. I became interested in Corbusier’s urban planning, in particular how he designed green space amidst man-made space. His designs looked like the future but now they look like the backdrop for a 60′s sci-fi movie. There’s a mystery about this and it’s the same with his urban planning.
2. BENGT: WHAT SONG WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCOMPANY YOUR AW’13 COLLECTION?
I was listening to lots of 90′s music at that time so the sounds of Sonic Youth, John Maus and My Bloody Valentine resonate with me.
3.BENGT: IF YOU WEREN’T A DESIGNER WHAT YOU WOULD BE?
In reality I would probably have been a photographer or a graphic designer. In a fantasy world I would be a raw food chef or a baker, a hippie and a health freak.
4. BENGT: DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN 3 WORDS?
Contemporary, chic and graphic.
5. BENGT: HOW HAS YOUR TIME AT CHRISTOPHER KANE INFLUENCED YOUR WORK, IF AT ALL?
My time there taught me plenty- it was lots of hard work and long hours. Christopher Kane is not afraid of being non-commercial and this lack of inhibition is admirable. He also uses super-interesting materials.
6. BENGT: WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU ADMIRE?
Prada, Nicolas Ghesquière – the current creative director at Louis Vuitton (former artistic director at Balenciaga), Elsa Schiaparelli, Azzedine Alaïa and Yves Saint Laurent himself.
7. BENGT: WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FASHION PURCHASE?
A menswear lambswool jumper from Uniqlo.
8. BENGT: TOP 3 FAVOURITE PLACES IN LONDON
The Barbican, my studio and eggs and coffee at Leila’s in Shoreditch at the weekend.
9. BENGT: CAN’T DO WITHOUT?
Green smoothies in the morning.
10. BENGT: CATS OR DOGS?
Dogs – medium sized ones.
11. BENGT: FAVOURITE PIECE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
12. BENGT:WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 3 YEARS TIME?
I would like to have a healthy, growing business and an online store. I would get a bigger studio and expand the business to include one or two employees. However, I wouldn’t want to become a mega-brand; I want a normal life.
Interview by Becky Wallace