SOFTER FAR THAN SLEEP
SOFTER FAR THAN SLEEP
“With me retreat, where skins of lambs I keep,
Whose wool’s a pillow softer far than sleep”
- Theocritus, The Idylls (3rd cent. BC).
During the transition to cooler seasons, people tend to look for soft, warm and enveloping structures that soothe them, lull them into hibernation. The search for comfort during autumn is what inspired this collection. Unfortunately for some, we can’t skip the seasonal whims by staying wrapped up in sheets, in bed. But what if we could bring its softness and comfort with us?
It was Theocritus who first wrote down the comparison between softness and sleep. But what does ‘softer than sleep’ feels like?
Sleep is a universal, invincible part of the daily cycle, shared by people everywhere. Sleep is one of the most stable of our physiological states. At the same time, sleep makes someone vulnerable, powerless, helpless. It is a surrender. When we sleep, the body gets the chance to move into new realms. It is a kind of ultimate freedom paradoxical to the willlessness from which it originates.
The culmination of softness is nearly the absence of tactility, the absence of resistance. It's almost like falling asleep. To get lost in an in-between-zone, where powerlessness is inherent. Where the senses are hyper-active yet unsteerable. A piece of clothing could have the potential to elevate its wearer to this state of being not only because of its texture but also through its shape.
The moment silhouettes are shaped, an aesthetic component comes into being. Softness and sleep turn into form. Our collection has several pieces that refer to the soothing atmosphere of the bedroom. Silk pajamas, percale sheets, down and blankets are the materials we deliberately picked out to work with. They result in embracing collars and cuffs, protective hoods and all-encompassing coats. An ongoing game between volume and weight.
The photographic campaign for this collection was put together with S+G.
For the campaign unique transparant versions were made of every silhouette with a barely there texture to show the construction lines. The fabric is a mixture of silk and cotton, and nullifies the static character of these lines: texture overrules form.