OntFront On Top

January 31, 2009
I do cherish those moments in which one discovers an inimitable designer/brand previously unknown to them. Case in point: delectable Dutch OntFront. A brief sojourn at their streamlined website informs one they’ve only shown twice: for SS09 and just recently in Frankfurt for AW0910, which surprises to me no end considering the standard of tailoring and evident experience featured in their collections. Their latest showing for AW0910 has particularly enticed me. Inspired by the decadence of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia’s dress this collection boasts so many luxe details it’s almost blinding – in a positive way (if there is one regarding blindness) of course, not in the brash, bling-tastic sense.

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Most striking about the whole affair are the unconvential military details (lean double-breasted suit jackets, epaulettes etc.) and the juxtaposition of ostentatious luxury (the satin and embroidery in rich jewel tones) with casual pieces (souped-up baseball jackets anyone?). Gimme.

Images from OntFront by Carston Friese & Philip Hubenthal