For a relatively new brand in the industry, 8 years presenting RTW collections, Libertine has made it's way up the big names in fashion. Designer Johnson Hartig is continuing to impress his audience, second year in a row after Libertine's relaunch last year; his work reflects energy and the runway was full of it and some good old non-convencional fun.
Sporting the collection for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 are cool prints and textures, that include beads and studs. Tiny paillettes bring a whole new texture to traditional fabrics. The usage of knits was very range, altered by a punkish feeling with incrusted studs and printed-beaded skulls. The collection emphasises on the importance of outwear, reinforcing the idea of proper coverage for the outdoors.
Being that the core of the collection, the coat becomes the must have item of the season. Hartig presented the coat in many different variations, one of them was the very classic coat dress (very popular during the 50's). The silhouette is marked by the line of the coat mainly, the A line predominated in the runway; I cannot avoid to point out the vintage feeling of the collection. However it has a twist to the rebellious side.
I feel a little bit obsessed with the prints of this collections, I sense a light Gustav Klimt reminiscence on some of the floral prints of the dresses and I absolutely love it! The floral prints were presented in an interesting way, combined with hound-tooth and skulls; I really enjoyed the fact that the prints were applied to heavy fabrics. To complete the look accessories like mid gloves, knitted hats, opaque tights with studs and beads, and of course boots. A really cool and wearable collection!