Ottolinger Is The Next Big Brand To Watch Out For
The Berlin-based brand Ottolinger is quickly rising to fame within the fashion industry. Through the success of their shared partnership, designers Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadien have made a name for themselves at Paris Fashion Week.
Ottolinger’s collections often employ techniques such as fabric deconstruction and printed mesh with a futuristic feel. Beginning with the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, the duo experiments with lacing, knit fabrics, and printed mesh bodycon looks. Today, themes of deconstruction remain at the forefront. Ottolinger’s intention with this, however, is to create something new with a dedication to precise tailoring. “Unravelled and estranged garments,” as described on the brand’s site, are “spliced together with hard and industrial elements.”
Rise to Fame
Swiss-born Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadien met while attending fashion school together. Having shared a similar vision, they formed a partnership post-graduation that brought the Ottolinger brand into what it is today. In an interview with DSCENE Magazine, the designers also credit nature as part of their creative process. Citing the moody nature of the earth, Gadien and Bösch strive to achieve designs that are “as beautiful and perfect or imperfect as nature.” In doing so, Ottolinger received a nomination for the 2018 edition of the LVMH prize. Despite not winning, this earned the brand great exposure. Soon after, Ottolinger would present its Spring/Summer 2019 collection at Paris Fashion Week (PFW) with an official spot on the calendar.
The brand debuted its Fall/Winter 23-24 for PFW, which featured a collaboration with Puma. The ready-to-wear collection boasts asymmetrical cuts, mesh prints, reshaped fabrics, and puffers. “Ottolinger” is slapped on the front of bright yellow and black handbags in bold lettering, with the Puma logo placed on the side. Also part of the collaboration is several pairs of boots and sneakers. These take the design of Formula 1 racing shoes.
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