Falling prey to a greater trend of temporal aimlessness, Dietrich Emter's Spring/Summer 2013 collection mixed influences spanning the entire history of modern fashion without any particular emphasis on a style or trend. Emter has stuck with his ready-to-wear principles – simple cuts and lines augmented by the strategic use of pleats. Coats, pants, blouses, and dresses fall somewhere between futuristic, classic modern and 70s polyester, with no cohesive narrative other than the colors. Plain white dominated, followed by royal blue and metallic orange, emerging in a slow gradation, first in a colored tree branch pattern, then in nearly monochromatic pieces. In a few short moves, the collection jumped from a simple white mini dress with a patterned, pleated corner in the skirt, to a shimmering, retro-future type dress with sharp shoulders and a double-wide clasped belt at the waist. The pieces de resistance, though, were a series of maxi and mini dresses reminiscent of mother-and-me nightgown sets from an old Quelle catalogue – and just in case you forget who designed it, Emter has helpfully stamped his tree branch mosaic with his initials.
Text by Tara Dominguez
Photo by Jessica Barthel