Splashy stripe blocking put Ostwald Helgason
on the map this spring, then Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason kept the momentum going with a boldly bookish Fall collection, which included a standout novelty sweatshirt screened with the visage of Charles Baudelaire. The new Resort lineup continues to deliver look-at-me (or alternately, take-my-picture) looks, including bright double-face jacquard dresses and overlay skirts featuring kicky tulip hemlines, as well as two-toned running shorts that
could make the AM to PM transition with a pair of heels. This season's graphic tribal prints (monkeys, snakes, and jungle foliage displayed on athletic pullovers and crisp button-ups) were reportedly inspired by French artist Fernand Léger's cubist paintings from the early twentieth century.
At a presentation, Helgason was keen to point out the design duo's strides in tailoring, as evidenced in a boxy raffia safari coat
(outerwear was a previously unexplored category), which nicely
complemented the fit-and-flare silhouettes here. He continued to explain that the OH message is ultimately about creative personal styling, and pointed to look No. 15—a sporty shift playfully paired with a matching knee-length trumpet skirt—remarking, "That is how Mira Duma [the Russian editor and street-style standby] would wear it."