COLLECTION Spring Summer 2023
Rough Strokes
When punk sensibilities collide with the ideologies of Édouard Manet. The WE11DONE Spring Summer 2023 collection, entitled “Rough Strokes”, pays homage to the Impressionist master’s divisive showpiece Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, but with boundary-pushing, postmodernist twists. Picture this: It’s aperitivo hour, somewhere between 1863 and 3057. You’re getting ready to board an ornate horsedrawn carriage while wearing contemporary silhouettes with an exquisite dash of nostalgia…

While embracing the romanticism of the 19th century, an anarchic interpretation that is rebellious in nature and unmistakably sensuous emerges. There are perversions within contrasts across the collection, from light wool outerwear paired with delicate lace bodysuits and stockings that highlight curves, to pleated PVC skirts worn with distressed mohair knits and tailored jumpsuits with detachable biker jacket sleeves crafted from shrunken calfskin or vegan leather.

In order to mimic the painterly qualities of Manet’s works, duchesse silk satin frocks and trousers, as well as bonded leather pieces, are manipulated to create a wave effect. Precision-cut separates have an all-over froissé evoking the look of crumpled parchment. The prints tell their own stories, whether in the form of floral and cheetah patterns on evening dresses, or a biker jacket trompe l’oeil-printed onto a minimalist top.

The accessories warrant a closer inspection, too. Pleated leather heels and clutch pouches embellished with silk lace embroidery in tantalising hues carry on the allusion to Manet’s brushstrokes. While spiked heart-shaped jewellery and black leather stomper boots represent strength in dissent, the Touch bag, the season’s lingerie-inspired hero piece, continues the dual language of revolt and seduction.