Simply put, it was Alaïa meets scuba at Ohne Titel for S/S 2011. Designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, who keep successfully refining the identity of their brand each season, sent out a thoroughly confident and streamlined collection that harmoniously merged slick neo-prene with the experimental knitwear the duo have become known and loved for. The inclusion of smooth-leather look neo-prene may have been a new addition to Ohne Titel's stable of unusual fabrications, but they worked it like pros. Forms were crisp, clean and minimal - many of the sleek, aero-dynamic body-suits and tank-tops even appearing like high-fashion wetsuits, well, wetsuits that double as chic day-to-night wear of course. The palette - precise, primary-hued and executed in strict blocks of colour, reflected the pared-back simplicity of the collection's overall cut and silhouette, and was following on from the Bauhaus-like clarity of their designs last season. Taking inspiration from 19th Century Japanese woodblock artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Adams and Gill took a 2-D approach to design, minimising volume and capitalising on graphic shapes - notably kimono-like jackets with wide sleeves and uncompromisingly skin-tight knit dresses and separates. Backstage Adams noted that the collection was a 'juxtaposition of a futuristic and natural aesthetic - our technical nylon-stitch knits set against traditional Japanese design elements. S/S 2011 for us is structured, sexy and futuristic.'
The palette - precise, primary-hued and executed in strict blocks of colour, reflected the pared-back simplicity of the collection's overall cut and silhouette.