The industrial revolution and mass production started 200 years ago. It was this revolution that was Sjaak Hullekes’ inspiration for the Autumn – Winter 2013 collection. This was clearly shown during the show with nostalgic elements he used during the show – the first model was bicycling on the catwalk and designer Sjaak came out of a classic gray blue car at the end.
In this collection you recognize his clear signature in the details and fits he used, finished off with a raw and edgy look he has never shown before. This makes his designs fascinating and catchy. By using cotton and wool fabrics only, a raw and masculine yet winterly warm look is the result. Although it is the opposite of his inspiration many garments, from jackets to sweaters and shawls have been spun by hand to become a yarn and used for knits and woven fabrics. His color palette, inspired by the steam engine’s power source; coal and fire, is consisting dark colors like black, anthracite, dark brown, army green and navy with a touch of ocher yellow and white. A lot of monochromatics like browns and also blue with ocher he uses are exceptional to look at.
He clearly developed his own unique style and took it to the next level which you clearly see by the use of colors, warm knits and manly elements that underline the new vision of Sjaak Hullekes.