Helena Christensen Designs With Women In Mind
Being a bona fide supermodel, Helena Christensen knows a thing or two about looking good in lingerie. Perhaps that’s why, in 2012, classic European negligee brand Triumph tapped the icon to design a collection just for the company. Today, Christensen and Triumph debut their fourth outing together and, thanks to the latter’s concurrent launch of U.S. e-commerce, the collaboration will now, for the first time, be available Stateside.
“Every time I start thinking about a collection, I just roam around inside my head to see what inspirations or ideas I’ve kept in there,” explained Christensen of her creative process. For Spring ’14, however, she had a more tangible muse—an antique photography book, Perfect Womanhood, that she found at a local New York flea market. “It was one of those finds where you go, Really? No one else saw this?” said Christensen, flipping through the 1938 monograph to point out a series of untouched, naturalistic nudes of “women with just the most beautiful bodies. To me, these women are just so elegant, timeless, sensual, and beautiful,” she added. “You don’t think, This is a naked woman. You just think, This is a beautiful woman.”
Indeed, the collection, whose palette of sea green, rose, purple, and black was inspired by the Scandinavian ocean and skies, celebrates the natural feminine form. The new offering combines lace-trimmed silk pieces with Hervé Léger-inspired construction (“I’ve always admired how [those dresses] make any woman’s body shape look beautiful,” Christensen said), and bandeau twinsets with fifties silhouettes.
“I love lingerie. I try to make cute pieces with shapes that accentuate the beautiful parts of a woman and hide the parts she’s not so happy about,” said Christensen, who snapped the campaign stills herself outside her house in Denmark. “I try to make pieces that are not so much for anyone else, but for the woman herself.”