Inspired by humans and their stories — from their experiences, forms, colors, contrasts and emotions, Jale Richert and Michele Beil of German fashion label Richert Beil have mastered the art of infusing vivacity into their minimalist designs. Subtle details come to life against a timeless aesthetic and color palette. The two designers met during their studies at Esmod Berlin International University of Art for Fashion, and eventually worked as designers for Patrick Mohr post-graduation. Fast-forward to 2014, and the two have continued their partnership by creating a label of their own.
Richert and Beil intended to characterize the emotions of freedom, love and friendship in their Spring/Summer 2016 men’s and womenswear collection, and the end result is quite fresh. The collection was inspired by Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe — an artistic duo from New York in the late 60s and early 70s who were known to create their own looks, representative of their symbiotic and creative relationship. The lookbook likewise exudes innocence and a subtle sense of romanticism with boyish silhouettes evoking the words of one of Smith’s writings: “We were as Hansel and Gretel and we ventured out into the black forest of the world.” A women’s jumper made entirely of black organza and detailed with dainty white flower petals was the most stunning piece in the collection. Other elements such as wide legged pants and simple blazers complete the collection with an overall cool, casual vibe.