For her third and final MAN show, Astrid Andersen threw a finale heralding her roots in men’s street wear. Roses, gold sovereign rings and jewellery finest printed on sweatshirts and matching tracksuit bottoms, thin gold shell suits printed with her capitalised namesake, crushed turquoise velvet sweatpants, raw denim longline shirts and ombre fur bomber jackets. All her signatures, amplified.
She spoke to AH+ about this season and beyond.
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AH+: What was your starting point this season?
AA: I found this book about body builders, competing with their own other ‘mirror’ – their other mirror was their only competition reference. And I really liked that idea. I really wanted this season to be a lot more about dressing up and being a lot more bold. And the idea of this guy competing with his own image in the mirror, making it even more extravagant.
AH+: It was great that you opened with the two guys as well.
AA: That was cute wasn’t it. That was really accidental, they are actually brothers. We had one of the guys last season – that was his first show – and he was like ‘Yeah, I have a brother,’ so we saw him and were like, ‘Let’s do it!’
AH+: The collection had an extravagant, quite royal feel in a way, the crushed velvet, the purple, the fur…
AA: Yeah I love the more feminine colours. For me it’s all about the guys and the attitude that they really throw in. The cast is one of the most important things for us.
AH+: Did you feel like you were doing anything different with the casting this season?
AA: I think it was a little bit younger. We really wanted it to look and feel almost a little bit naïve, but still really considered.
AH+: Where do you want to move forward from here?
AA: See, this is my last MAN show. I’ve done three now. So the door is open to everything else.
AH+: What are you anticipating?
AA: I never anticipate a lot but I’m hoping of course to get something like NEWGEN or another sponsor scheme to take it forward. This is a very secure and safe way of showing and I think three seasons is the perfect amount to do it. And then you are forced and pushed into something new.
AH: Did that influence how you realised the collection, knowing it was your last MAN season?
AA: Yeah, I think I really wanted it to be louder – well not loud, I hate that word – but definitely as bold as it could get. Each season being more focused on making it a commercial brand as well. It’s about finding what feels natural to the brand, and not just making a big bold statement.