Image: Francesca Usher
14 February 2013
by Osman Ahmed
Along a line of wedding cake-like townhouses in Belgravia, Luxembourg House has opened their doors to display the wacky creations of Luxembourgian fashion label House of Intrika.
Founded by two ‘contact jugglers’, Ana Kemp and Frix Elting, the label initially started as a way for them to make their own costumes, with the requirements of elasticity and comfort to perform in. When demand from clients grew, the two set up their business, offering costume-like creations and exploring the boundaries of cut and construction, with a visible influence from the circus ring.
The collection, ‘Everyday Kings and Queens’, suitably titled for the neighbourhood, included a ‘powder room’ display. Three gowns with accentuated figures were made especially for the exhibition, keeping in mind the different body shapes that Kemp and Elting want to design for.
As for their careers in the circus, the two still manage to juggle juggling and fashion, travelling across the world to perform and produce their collections in Bali, where they have their own fair-trade team and locally sourced materials.
The Luxembourg Showcase continues until 20 February at the Embassy of Luxembourg, 27 Wilton Crescent, SW1X 8SD