Hailing from Norway, Eleen Halvorsen moved to New York to attend Parsons The New School for Design. Upon graduating in 2012, she was one of the selected graduates to show at Parsons’ Benefit Exhibition at Chelsea Piers in 2012. From there and a slew of other accomplishments, Halvorsen launched her namesake label in 2013.
Experimenting with the unconventional in pattern making, construction and materials, Halvorsen is constantly seeking out what shall quench her thirst next. Combining winter skies and mysterious nature of Scandinavia with the grit and grime of New York City’s streets, Eleen Halvorsen’s label was birthed and reflects something dark, something minimal… yet something eccentric.
For Autumn/Winter 2015, Eleen Halvorsen took a different turn: entitled #FFFFFF, or rather, “The White Collection,” it is inspired by inflated and deflated objects and how they change surface texture prior, during and after being inflated. Serving as a first chapter for an ongoing project, Halvorsen’s pieces were quite interesting. A white top with sheer and panel details was paired with a full length skirt that was form fitting and had intentional creasing starting at the lower half. Panels were seen again on a pair of skin tight leggings with sheer details, leaving nothing to the imagination. This was Halvorsen’s idea of flirting with us. Balance however was achieved when it was teamed with a white puffer jacket.
Free-flowing yet sculptural dresses that require little effort and can be dressed up or down in mini and maxi lengths were shown. However, the items of note came in the form of a sleeveless blouse and a vest: featuring a large, circular cutout in the back below the collar, it was quite weird — and quite frankly, very avant-garde. Intricate hand sewn garments and wrinkled “second skin” wares juxtaposed a white color palette. Halvorsen balanced sculptural and free-flowing, technical and natural — all of which are key components in her body of work.