Designer: Trine Lindegaard

23 August 2012

After featuring Danish designer Trine Lindegaard's amazing pieces in a Boys by Girls editorial modelled by Billy Moran, styled by Krishan Parmar and photographed by Cecilie Harris, we had to sit down with her to find out more about her design processes and how she finds the challenge of designing for men.

Trine Lindegaard’s Spring 2012 collection draws inspiration from the innovation and creativity of rubber-band art. Using elastic rubber bands – dyed, cut, and layered – to create embellishments and textures renders a parallel in the thoughtful approach to design in both of these art forms.

Colorful rubber bands – either crossed or fringed – create a most interesting visual appeal, while in horizontal stripes create the illusion of a military jacket. The rubber band motif is repeated as subtle, digital prints, or in a mosaic of varying hues on a marvelous coat, and as digital prints. The application of rubber bands constitutes an innovative, playful approach to menswear; while perhaps an eccentric choice of material, these embellishments refer to a “geeky” but beautiful mind.

Her Fall collection for 2012 calls for a return to simpler times – happier times – of childhood, inspired by faded photographs of children dressed up as storybook characters. Dusty roses and cerulean blues paired against stark browns make a decidedly sentimental contrast. The collection overall presents an innovation on the childhood fantasy of “when I grow up”; additionally, each look would look adorable as children’s clothes. This collection presents a most bittersweet, reminiscent memory of childhood.

Tell us a bit about your background
I’m from Denmark. When I was 18, I did a fashion foundation course in Denmark, and then ended up going to Italy for a year to study. It was mainly pattern cutting and sewing. So I was there for a year and then went back to Denmark for a couple of years. From there I went to London to do my BA at Middlesex and then did my MA at the RCA, where I graduated in 2010. For the past two years I’ve been doing my thing and freelancing and working on lots of different projects really, which is what I’m still doing now.

How did you decide that you wanted to do your own collection?
I started out sewing quite a few pieces to people contacting me directly, so I started out just making those for private customers. Then I developed my graduate collection into something slightly more wearable and did my first proper collection about a year ago, September last year.

What was that collection like?
That was the one with all the rubber bands. A lot of my work is quite textile-like, I just like to play around and develop new techniques. I’ve always been into colours and I tend to dye a lot of things that don’t match with the dye, and play around with it. I then end up getting specific colours, with colours on my fabrics that you can never buy. So I started dying rubber bands and used them quite a lot throughout the whole collection. I like the way it looks like leather, yet it's made from plain normal rubber bands.

Images from Spring/Summer 2012 Collection lookbook, photographed by Nicole Maria Winkler

What about your following collection?
So basically my graduate collection and collection that followed both had a lot of embellishment and decorations on the outside of the garments, and was slightly complicated to reproduce. So I decided to do something that wasn’t embellished in any kind of way, and I started hand-painting the fabrics and using a lot of delicate silks that I would bind onto other materials to make them heavier for Autumn/Winter and water treat and wax them. So yes, it was based on the painting of the fabrics.

What colours did you have in your AW12 collection?
It was the American desert and all sort of greens, blues and reds and some peach.

Images from Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection lookbook, photographed by Nicole Maria Winkler

How did you decide to design for men?
The trend to do menswear is definitely growing, so there was quite a few of us doing menswear when I was doing my MA. It was a challenge from doing womenswear which I used to do. So I think I was always doing womenswear, but really liked making clothes for my boyfriend, so you know, I started to find that more fun somehow. I think with the womenswear it’s very easy to end up designing for yourself. So I think it was that thing of taking it away from myself and really designing for a man.

What is it like to be a female that designs for men?
I think you need to turn your brain around in a way. One of the big differences is you need to know menswear quite well, so just knowing a basic shirt, for instance. Knowing the sizes of everything and all the detailing before you can then change it. With menswear and tailoring, you need to really know your craft. Of course, as a female, you’re not used to wearing menswear. I just made a jumper today and I was like, it’s so long, shall I shorten it? And it’s just one of those things, and you try it on and it just looks massive and then as soon as you put it on a little skinny guy, it looks fine. I tend to include a lot of crafty elements in my collections, and I think that’s not a very masculine approach. So that way I bring some of my femininity into the collection, and it becomes more original menswear.

How are you enjoying working with boys?
Oh I love it, they’re always lovely. They’re just like normal boys and they’re so polite, and always seem to love what they are doing.

Trine Lindegaard pieces (including this top) featured in recent Boys by Girls editorial "Billy", photographed by Cecilie Harris.

What's coming up in your SS13 collection?
My next collection is all inspired by these African fabrics I'm using. The fabrics are made in Guyana and the Ivory Coast, and are traditionally woven fabrics that are woven in little villages by different families. I am combining some of these colour patterned fabrics with matching block colour, to create really interesting designs. I am using a lot of sporty material to mix in with the African fabrics for the SS13 collection, in quite bright colours. This creates quite a contemporary look to the collection. I'm very excited about it!

Where can people buy items from your collections?
Items from my collections are available to buy here.

Visit Trine's website here.

Intro by Robin Chen
Interview by Cecilie Harris

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