Sofi Chetrar: Firstly, congratulations on the beautiful FW23 collection! I loved the entire show, and have to start my question with the theme of this collection, The Royal Tenenbaums. Are you big admirers of Wes Anderson’s work, and why this film in particular?
Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave: Thank you so much. And yes indeed, we are big admirers of Wes Anderson’s work. It’s a pleasure to watch how his aesthetics come to life. We chose The Royal Tenenbaums because it is one of many of Anderson’s movies that have had such an influence on the fashion world. We fell in love with the colour palettes and intricate details throughout the movie. Each character in the movie has their own iconic style which we wanted to explore with our AW23 collection.
SC: I especially loved the twins in sports suits and the tennis ball bag, which all came as a reference from the film. Is this the usual process when designing a collection for you to get inspired by so-called “characters”?
RB&HH: Yes, we quite often find inspiration in characters but not only fictional characters like in movies. We also find inspiration in artists, music, art and architecture. For example, for our SS23 collection that has just launched, we were inspired by Madame Gresm, the renowned couture designer. That collection also explores the beautiful work of the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
SC: When I came down to your studio, I was fascinated by the space you work in. Does such a beautiful location inspire your creations?
RB&HH: We are incredibly lucky to work in one of the most beautiful locations in Copenhagen with the Queen as our neighbour. So of course, that brings some kind of magic to our office. As you saw when visiting our space, we feel very comfortable there and thrive in our organized mess. Haha!