Holzweiler // Fall/Winter 2019
At first, it was as if a dark cloud came over the Holzweiler show. Placed on each front row seat was a small pouch and a note that read: “We kindly ask you to put your phone to sleep and enjoy our show. And don’t worry, we will make sure to provide everyone with images right after the show.” Holzweiler employees made the rounds just ahead of showtime to be sure everyone followed the orders. Oh, the horror!Looking around the room, there was reason to believe that more than a few influencers, It girls, and VIPs were thinking just that. Some of them looked confused, disappointed, and awkward, even, as the Fall 2019 collection started charging down the runway. But then, everyone relaxed. All eyes were actually focused on the clothes and not intermittently on their iPhone screens. It was a fantastic thing to witness. For once in our millennial, fashion-show-going lives, we were forced to focus solely on the garments themselves.
And they were garments that deserved our attention, too. The creative team behind Holzweiler, which is formed by Susanne and Andreas Holzweiler and Maria Skappel Holzweiler, really seemed to focus on styling the clothes in a way that felt more everyday than editorialized this time around—fewer fanny packs with anoraks and bucket hats than last season and more smartly layered knits in varying textures and patterns.
Thick, brightly colored scarves were among the only accessories paired with cool knit trousers and tops, checked skirts with asymmetrical hems, and well tailored cargo pants. Even the outerwear felt lighter, especially the ski suit made with semitransparent fabric and the tan overcoat with red lining and drawstrings at the waist. As a whole, Holzweiler took a subtle step back with this collection and pared down their aesthetic just a bit, and the no-phones rule played into that new strategy. We all unplugged for a minute today, and seemingly Holzweiler is trying to do the same.