Duran Lantink has collaborated with Ellery to create a limited edition collection that will hit shops 14 October 2020, combining Lantink's sustainability techniques with Ellery's cerebral and architectural silhouettes.
The result is a limited edition collection that 'blends Ellery’s precise draping and architectural shapes with Lantink’s alchemical knack for upcycling, using archival Ellery pieces to radical effect.' The looks were crafted during lockdown, Lantink and Ellery sharing their ideas over WhatsApp and Zoom.
After receiving 150 archival Ellery outfits at his Amsterdam studio, Lantink set about reworking them, meticulously documenting the process so that successful experiments could later be recreated in limited runs with a maximum of ten. (No pieces in the collection will be constructed from new fabrics.)
As the press release explains: 'A sequin column dress is scrawled with a rhythmic, graffiti-inspired pattern; a trench coat is sliced up with punkish abandon then dip-dyed in a delicate powder pink; a wool herringbone coat sprouts flamboyant flamenco ruffles. Seamlessly meshing Ellery’s elevated take on wardrobe staples with Lantink’s cut-and-paste wizardry, the collection is a rare and uncompromising example of two designers collaborating on equal footing and with mutual respect.'
'Sometimes in the world of fashion, we need to find something more meaningful to say. When I heard about Duran Lantink and his work I was so curious. His way of taking existing garments and remixing them into new designs was fascinating to me and I wanted to see how he would interpret the Ellery woman. Throughout the entire process, the greatest pleasure for me was watching Duran bring the pieces a new, positive energy. With his hand came new work, garments both unique and precious', said Kym Ellery, founder and creative director of Ellery.
Duran Lantink said of the collaboration: 'This is the first time I have worked on a collection with a single brand, and what I love about this collaboration is our different perspectives on the same product. During these times, I think it’s very brave of Kym to trust me with her designs and take the bold step of choosing upcycling over using new materials. I loved working on this collection because it was outside my usual aesthetic, and finding a way to satisfy both Ellery and myself was great.'