Blaenk is a collaboration between the German design duo Silke Geib and Nadine Möllenkamp. Their debut is a women's wear collection that focuses on high fashion and experimentation.
The two designers crossed paths in Amsterdam where their design interests immediately gave them a common bond. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed Blaenk in 2010. With Möllenkamp based in Amsterdam and Geib based in Berlin, the fashionable pair have chosen an unconventional way of working together. Blaenk marks the beginning of something new and intriguing.
Silke Geib studied fashion design at Esmod International Paris in France. Her graduation collection, a men's wear collection, was presented at the ‘14è Festival International des Arts de la Mode Hyères’, where she was one of the finalists. Afterwards, she worked as a women's wear and men's wear designer for fashion houses such as Maison Martin Margiela, J. Lindeberg and Viktor & Rolf.
Nadine Möllenkamp was educated in fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium with Master Degree in fine Arts. Her graduation collection, a men's- and women's wear collection, was presented at IT’S # 5 Fashion Competition, where she was one of the finalists. Afterwards she worked as a women's wear designer for the Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf. The debut women's wear collection of Blaenk was shown during Paris Fashion Week 2011 and immediately generated international attention.
The aim of Blaenk lies in its focus on high fashion and experimentation. The result is an elaborate, made-to-measure collection, which is ultra feminine, elegant and innovative at the same time. The mix between soft and strong elements gives the collection a subtle edge. Blaenk aims to create exclusive, hand-crafted couture products referring to ‘high dressmaking’ and following a ‘do-it-yourself’ philosophy.
In the current collection fluid and airy fabrics are juxtaposed against masculine and structured materials. Hand moulded, plexiglas frames are stitched to garments while experimental weaving is used to embellish the frames to accentuate friction.
The colours are primarily light in palette and consist of different tones of off-white, light beige,and shades of yellow and green. In contrast to this subtle and light appearance, Blaenk used paprika, bright yellow and dark grey as accent colours.