THE NEW FEMME FATALE
Talking Gender and Fashion with Designer GEORGINE RATELBAND
By Eden Herbstman
Designer Georgine Ratelband brings back a nostalgia for Hollywood glamour and chic femininity in her collections, an idea she keeps her eponymous brand GEORGINE in tune with. Maturity and modernism come together through her classic pieces of perfectly hemmed skirts, cowl neck tops, with lace and satin accents. They’re timeless, but in no way tired. The newest collection from Georgine raises the stakes though. While staying true to evoking a spirit of old school sophistication, she includes menswear inspired looks to excite and balance the strong femininity in her collection.
Eden Herbstman: Tell me about your newest collection and what inspired it.
Georgine Ratelband: For the F/W 13 collection I was inspired by German Expressionism, specifically it’s influence on cinema such as film noir classic Sunset Boulevard and the iconic Metropolis. Additionally Helmut Newton’s infamous 1979 photo of Gia Carangi & Robin Osler inspired the Georgine muse who likes to play up both her masculine and feminine sides. A modern Veronica Lake whose style, attitude, and clothing transcends gender and embraces a new view of the modern woman.
EH: Was there anything you did differently in this collection compared to past collections?
GR: My objective was to design comfortable and chic clothing that every woman would feel great about wearing. I wanted to work with luxurious and comfortable (virgin wools, cashmere) fabrics with a big focus on detail. For example, I created a cardigan out of 100% virgin wool that is all hand braided or a black blazer jacket with a hand braided suede cuff.
EH: What do you want your brand to represent?
GR: Innovation, elegance, wearable, and detail.
EH: When do you feel the most creative?
GR: I feel most creative in a setting that evokes emotion whether that be my home, on a park bench, or in a beautiful cafe. Recently I stayed at the Siam Hotel in Bangkok, which inspired me beyond words. The hotel was designed by American architect Bill Bensley and filled with some of the most gorgeous antiques and finishing.
EH: When not working what can we find you doing?
GR: Traveling, cooking dinner with or for friends, at an antique shop, in the pool, organizing my home, and making mood boards for future projects for my home or designs.
EH: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
GR: I am looking forward to opening a GEORGINE boutique where I can have more direct contact with my customers and focus on other projects, such as the interior and concept of the store. I also look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with others.
Georgine Ratelband is the designer of women’s fashion brand Georgine, which she started two years ago. Georgine graduated from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan. She splits her time between the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Written by Eden Herbstman
Photography Courtesy of MAO PR
Design by Marie Havens
Georgine Ratelband, Photography Courtesy of MAO PR