A KALTBLUT exclusive editorial and fashion film taken from our new digital issue. Creative Direction and Design by Arabella Romen. Photography and Postproduction by Rianon Vran. Videography and Video Direction by Toto Stoffels. Model is Kat Grube signed at Vivamodels.
What are society’s beauty standards and how can one free oneself from them?
Even before humanity was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a trend of people increasingly escaping into virtual worlds and alienating themselves from reality. Much like various other trends, social media is also reinforcing this escapism and the creation of virtual realities and false personalities.
Arabella Romen is a Berlin-based fashion designer who graduated 2021 from Akademie Mode & Design (AMD) in Berlin. Fashion has always been one of her biggest inspirations.
In a time when everything seems possible, it is even more important to ask what fashion actually still stands for. It is the reason why she often deals with socially difficult topics in her work in order to create added value.
In her final collection “Birth of Venus”, the liberation from social stigmatisation is shown. She takes up escapism in fake realities and plays with sexuality in her own unique way.
The birth of Venus serves as a stage to celebrate the new beginning of a visual release of stigmas. In the collection itself, sexuality is explained in a different way through various transmitters such as the optics of a birth through slippery designed prints and sexually represented flowers. The idea is to combine human needs and virtual dimensions to create a mental safe-space.”