AUGUSTIN TEBOUL | SPRING / SUMMER 2013
Augustin Teboul marks the coming together of two very different characters, German-born Annelie Augustin and French-born Odély Teboul. The duo met at Esmod Paris, from where they both graduated with honors in 2006.
After finishing their studies, Augustin went to worked for Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas and Teboul for Jean Paul Gaultier. In 2009 the pair collaborated on a collection they called ‘Cadavre Exquis’ which translates as ‘Exquisite Corpse’. Their combined vision was met with a number of accolades in both France and Germany. After the success of the project, Augustin and Teboul decided to transform the one-off collection into a label positioned somewhere between ready-to-wear and haute couture.
The avant-garde designs created for Augustin Teboul Spring / Summer 2013 tell a fantastical story of femininity. Augustin and Teboul’s paint-it-black approach led them to create a simply stunning post-romantic collection, brimming with luxurious fabrics and accessories. Augustin Teboul Spring / Summer 2013 combined seduction with a sense of morbid fascination, with an imaginative and expressive array of cuts and patterns.
Their display at Berlin Fashion Week, played upon surrealism, as models were placed like dolls amongst a highly stylised, 1900s-esquw set. Annelie Augustin’s penchant for subtle shapes and sophisticated femininity made for a spectacular juxtaposition against Odély Teboul’s rather chaotic and nostalgic craftsmanship. Gowns, of all lengths, harked back to the 1920s and headpieces wouldn’t have looked out of place at a wistful flapper party.
In the same sense, there was an air of art deco about the collection with a host of fine tailoring and sharp lines. High-waisted shorts were teed off with loose-fitting sweaters with slits running down the arms and adorned with painstaking beadwork and embroidery.
Overall the collection was a display of avant-garde craftsmanship and proved that black really never goes out of style.
- Ellen Stewart
- Photos courtesy of Augustin Teboul