News__ Arnsdorf’s 1979

November 04, 2011 | By

It’s the Arnsdorf spring 2012 lookbook, but it’s got a 1979 feel

Arnsdorf designer Jade Sarita Arnott was born in 1979. So for her, it’s a year she will never get away from. For Arnott it's a year full of meaning and she is especially curious about how it’s events, mood, and major players might have influenced her life. From this, the Arnsdorf’s spring 2012 collection was born, complete with seventies kimonos, smocks, cropped turtlenecks, pantsuits, and patchworks suits and skirts. Homage is dutifully paid to seventies icons: there is the Meryl “Streep pantsuit,” the Jane “Birkin dress,” and the Dustin (Hoffman) trouser.  And what do snakeskin boots and a pineapple have to do with any of this? We're not too sure, but the lookbook’s accessories end up fitting nicely.

“Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time,” said Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins in ’96. That song was about teens, growing up, and not having much to do.  And we see that similar nuance expressed in the concept of the lookbook. Model Ann Kelly is photographed by Maya Villiger, loitering on New York benches and outside storefronts, soaked in sunlight, looking relaxed with no place to go.

See some of our favorite shots from the Arnsdorf spring '12 (or 1979) lookbook below.


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