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Scotch & Soda debuted their New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2016 collection “Wondrous Wanderers”. The collection presentation weaves together four character narratives in one story and promises a teasing immersion to the Amsterdam fashion label and its bond with the world. Marlou van Engelen, Scotch & Soda’s Creative Director says, “We have a long standing love affair with the world. This stems from being Dutch. We are a country of explorers that travel the globe. Yet, we always come back. When we do, we are laden with treasure and inspiration. From that, we innovate something entirely new, and entirely us".

Scotch & Soda lives and dreams this world-wanderer spirit daily”. The presentation, ‘Wondrous Wanderers’, tells the story of four everyday legends, who through different ages and places, are bound by the natural inspiration they pose. The story takes place in all corners of the world – from Tibet, to the Scottish Highlands, and from The Silk Route in China to a tiny village, called Floen, in Norway. The individual colour-scapes and textures of each of these places abundant in the individual collections. All collection stories remix the native colours, silhouettes, textures, pattern and finishes of the explored regions in to something wholly new.

With the first character narrative ‘The Soulful Soul’, the Nordic look is turned inside-out with denim work wear and city sportswear getting icy clean lines, bold Scandi-graphics and detailed finishes in neoprene, rubber and mountaineering fastenings. A limited edition, hand-made poncho produced from hand-picked fabrics for both Men and Women, leads the blankets and heavy-knits styling for the second character ‘The Rooted Roamers’. The third daily legend, ‘The Uncrowned Queen’ is draped in rich new clubhouse hues, silken pyjamas and day-to-night silhouettes. For the last tale, ‘The Silent Fighter’, oriental patterns and inspirations are heavily layered; chinoiserie, jacquard, heavy sequin patterning, and kimono prints clash and combine for a wistful, yet opulent look, and in a dazzling party palette that steers clear of black.

The four tales and characters all reflect the brand’s ‘Amsterdam Couture’ take on the world. Marlou van Engelen says, ‘Amsterdam and Couture aren’t words that sit easily next to each other. There’s an irreverent contrast in this slogan, and that’s very leading for how we create; we put the world in our clothes, yet we don’t take ourselves too seriously, that’s what Amsterdam couture is all about. We wander and wonder with an Amsterdam frame of mind’.

This eclectic take on the world, is represented in a presentation that binds film with a live stage and music arrangement for the brand’s FW16 narrative. Live music will be directed and featuring a performance by the Dutch musician Joep Beving and his accompanists. Vocalists include Maxime Barlag, the lead singer of the band Mister & Mississippi and Bart van Dalen, singer with Postcard from Mars.

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